Xi says Belt and Road Initiative not an intrigue of China
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that the Belt and Road Initiative is not an intrigue of China, as alleged by someone overseas, but aimed at benefiting more countries and people.
Photo taken on May 14, 2017 shows flags from numerous participating countries outside the China National Convention Center where the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is held in Beijing. [Photo: IC]
"[The initiative] is neither the Marshall Plan after World War II nor an intrigue of China. It is, if anything, a plan in the sunshine," Xi said when meeting with incumbent and incoming members of the Board of Directors of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), who gathered in Boao for the BFA annual conference.
"What we uphold is seeking shared growth through discussion and collaboration," the president said.
The initiative is aimed at achieving policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity, building a new platform for international cooperation, and creating new drivers of shared development to benefit more countries and people, Xi said.