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Xi Jinping’s Report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
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Xi Jinping’s Report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
18 Oct 2017
Photo credit: Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng On 18 October 2017,the Chinese President Xi Jinping reported to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Mr. Xi stated in his report Building a successful Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era that in the past five years, we have made all-round efforts in the pursuit of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. "We have jointly pursued the Belt and Road Initiative, initiated the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, set up the Silk Road Fund, and hosted the First Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the G20 2016 Summit in Hangzhou, the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, and the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. China champions the development of a community with a shared future for mankind, and has encouraged the evolution of the global governance system." He said openness brings progress. China will become more and more open. "We should pursue the Belt and Road Initiative as a priority, give equal emphasis to "bring in" and "going global," follow the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and increase openness and cooperation in building innovation capacity. "We will expand foreign trade, develop new models and new forms of trade, and turn China into a trader of quality. We will adopt policies to promote high-standard liberation and facilitation of trade and investment; we will implement the system of pre-establishment national treatment plus a negative list across the board, significantly ease market access, further open the service sector, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors. All businesses registered in China will be treated equally." "We will improve the balance in opening our different regions, and open the western region wider. We will grant more powers to pilot free trade zones to conduct reform, and explore the opening of free trade ports. We will develop new ways of making outbound investments, promote international cooperation on production capacity, form globally-oriented networks of trade, investment and financing, production, and services." President Xi emphasized the goal to build a community with a shared future for mankind, "China will actively promote international cooperation through the Belt and Road Initiative. In doing so, we hope to achieve policy, infrastructure, trade, financial, and people-to-people connectivity and thus build a new platform for international cooperation to create new drivers of shared development." The report lasted for almost three hours. Source: China Media.
2nd Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum opens on 28-29 November
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2nd Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum opens on 28-29 November
13 Oct 2017
Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum will take place for the second time on 28-29 November, 2017. The forum is to be held under the patronage of H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and jointly organized by the Georgian Ministries of Economy and Sustainable Development and Foreign Affairs. 2017 Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum aims to serve as a biennial platform for high-level dialogues between governments and private sector. In this respect, the Forum plays a very important role. This year, the Forum expects to host 1000 political leaders, diplomats, experts, representatives of international and multinational organizations and corporations to discuss factors concerning regional and global trade development and facilitation, e-commerce and digital potentials, transport infrastructure and energy business. In addition to discussions on wide array of issues during the two-day meeting, the Forum also offers companies opportunities to participate in business-to-business meetings on 29 November for networking and information sharing. 2017 Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum will continue the mission of 2015 Tbilisi Silk Road Forum where over 800 delegates from more than 50 countries, with official government delegations from 34 countries, participated. For more information, please go to http://www.tbilisibrf.gov.ge/. Source: NEWSDAY.GE
Chairman Lu addresses EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit
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Chairman Lu addresses EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit
12 Oct 2017
Co-organized by The Economist and Greek Eurasian Business Council, the EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit was successfully held on 9-10 October 2017 in Athens. The Summit is being held in Athens, Greece 500 participants from more than 20 countries attended the meeting, including delegates from EU, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other international business and financial organizations. The topics for discussion were related to the theme, Building Bridges from East to West, and the cooperation in the framework of the Belt and Road construction was explored. Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos addresses the opening. The Greek President Pavlopoulos stated in his opening speech, “Greece attaches great importance to the Belt and Road Initiative, which is rooted in the ancient Chinese philosophy and the historical Silk Road, linking many countries and peoples by both the maritime Silk Road and the land rout. It is of new significance for the infrastructure and trade development, and for the economic integration in the regions.” Mr. Lu Jianzhong delivers his keynote speech SRCIC Chairman Lu Jianzhong made his keynote speech Bridging the West and East for Joint Cooperation in the Belt and Road Development at the Summit. Mr. Lu said, “Greece has significant geographical advantages and natural resources in construction of the Belt and Road. It’s a natural bridge connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa. SRCIC sees the big potential for investment and development in Greece, and is ready to assist with Greek economic recovery by internationalizing its energy, transportation, and tourism.” He also suggested the improvement of international business rules and standards, building channels for trade flows, using the Silk Road online for connectivity, setting up platforms for pragmatic cooperation, for financing, and for cultural and people exchanges. Mr. Lu meets Greek President Pavlopoulos In a series of high level meetings, Mr. Lu met with Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Greek Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development Stergios Pitsiorlas. The talks between them made it possible for the cooperation in trade, tourism, and other sectors. Mr. Lu meets Ms. Kountoura Mr. Lu meets Mr. Pitsiorlas During the Greek visit, Mr. Lu and his colleagues also had meetings with Chinese Ambassador to Greece Mr. Zou Xiaoli, and with Deputy Major of Athens Mr. Alexandros M. Modiano. The exchange of ideas was informative and friendly. Mr. Lu and Mr. Zou at the Chinese Embassy in Greece A SRCIC souvenir to Deputy Major of Athens SRCIC delegation at the Summit comprised Honorary Chairman Jemal Inaishvili, Executive Chairman Jean-Guy Carrier, Vice Chairman and ICC-Hellas President Nicolas Vernicos, and Chair of Finance Committee and President of Tang West Market International Group David Kiang. They participated in the EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit and joined the discussion in different sessions. Mr. Inaishvili speaks on EU, Eurasian Region and China: Strengthening Ties Mr. Carrier and Mr. Vernicos speak on Reviving the Silk Road: Exploring Beijing's One Belt One Road Initiative Mr. Kiang speaks on the significance of the One Belt One Road Initiative in building bridges from east to west At the Summit, SRCIC signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Greek Eurasian Business Council, and the agreement for Athens to join the Silk Road Urban Alliance. SRCIC Secretary General Li Zhonghang and Chairman of Greek Eurasian Business Council Spyros KOUVELIS at the agreement signing Deputy Mayor of Athens Eva Kontostathakou and SRCIC Executive Chairman Jean-Guy Carrier at the agreement singing Source: partially from Xinhua News Agency
East-West cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative needed: experts
East-West cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative needed: experts
12 Oct 2017
East-West cooperation under umbrellas, such as the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China, is needed more than ever to effectively deal with the 21st century challenges, political leaders and representatives of the business world said during a forum here on Tuesday. During the two-day EU-Eurasia-China business summit, distinguished speakers and attendees underlined the need for wider and deeper cross border dialogue and collaboration to promote growth and prosperity for all peoples. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos called the Belt and Road Initiative a strong platform of cooperation between Europe and Asia. "There is no room for clashes. Through cooperation between civilizations we should open the way to economic growth," Pavlopoulos addressed the event. European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said, "In a globalized world our responses to contemporary problems should be global." Sino-Greek cooperation in many sectors in recent years following the investment at Piraeus port was highlighted by several Greek ministers and foreign guests as a shining example of win-win collaboration. Stergios Pitsiorlas, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development, noted Greece sees China's attempt to address the great challenges of globalization. "Europe and Asia need each other more than ever to tackle the 21st century challenges. China's willingness to enhance ties with the West, with Europe, and create a major corridor of peace, friendship and communication between peoples is very positive for us," Pitsiorlas stressed. Jianzhong Lu is the chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), an international NGO founded two years ago. "Building bridges from east to west is our common mission. People-to-people understanding is the foundation. SRCIC hopes to engage more international organizations and business elites in the Belt and Road construction," he said. The Belt and Road Initiative is intended to improve the infrastructure of sea and land routes to drive trade and investment flows between the east and the west to the benefit of all sides, noted Jemal Inaishvili, president of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry. "We should reflect how we can turn our shared Eurasian continent into an area of peace, prosperity and development," said Vladimir Chizhov, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the EU. Source:Xinhua News Agency
Discussion between China and Greece: Tourism, Business Travel and Investment
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Discussion between China and Greece: Tourism, Business Travel and Investment
11 Oct 2017
More investments and cooperation in tourism were at the center of talks between Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) Chairman Jianzhong Lu this week. The two officials, who met on the sidelines of the Economist Events EU-Eurasia-China Business summit held in Athens this week, discussed the areas in which the two entities could cooperate. Lu expressed interest in working with the Greek tourism ministry to tap into the vast array of tourism resources through the promotion of actions and projects aimed at the development of cultural tourism. Minister Kountoura referred to the attractiveness of Greece as a global destination for 365 days a year tourism, as well as to the opportunities the country presents for new tourism infrastructure investments, especially in marinas and sea tourism. Kountoura and Lu also explored the potential for further partnerships and synergies with the involvement of tourism stakeholders in both countries towards the organization of high-level business trips focusing on investment opportunities. "Building bridges from East to West is our common mission. People-to-people understanding is the foundation. SRCIC hopes to engage more international organizations and business elites in the Belt and Road construction," Lu said during the summit. Source: GTP Headlines http://news.gtp.gr/2017/10/11/china-greece-tourism-business-travel-investments/
Greek President praises B&R initiative's significance in promoting international cooperation
Greek President praises B&R initiative's significance in promoting international cooperation
11 Oct 2017
ATHENS, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos praised the significance of the Belt and Road initiative in promoting international cooperation and growth during an economic forum hosted in Athens on Monday. "Greece supports this initiative and you all know that we have supported from the start all events promoting the global significance of the construction of the modern Silk Road," the Greek leader said addressing the opening session of the EU-Eurasia-China Business summit. The conference which was entitled "Building Bridges from East to West" was organized by the Greek Eurasian Business Council (GEBC) under the auspices of the Greek Presidency. Greece, as a European country at the crossroads of three continents, has been open throughout history to the communication and interconnection of different countries and culture, he stressed. Today Greece holds a leading role in promoting Europe's ties with Eurasia and China, encouraging all efforts which contribute to peace and prosperity of all peoples, he added. Greece attaches great importance to the Belt and Road initiative, Pavlopoulos underlined. He explained to delegates that the idea is based both on ancient Chinese philosophy and the ancient Silk Road, which, on the one hand is characterized by a spirit of peace and mutually beneficial cooperation and, on the other hand, makes a substantial contribution to the development of infrastructure projects, promotion of trade, economic integration and closer relations between those peoples and the societies linked, either by land or sea, to the realization of this idea. "Building bridges from east to west is our common mission. People-to-people understanding is the foundation. SRCIC (Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce) hopes to engage more international organizations and business elites in the Belt and Road construction. Let's do this through joint consultation and joint communication, and strive to build a shared future for all," said Lu Jianzhong, founding Chairman of SRCIC while delivering a speech. Founded in 2015 SRCIC is an international NGO, composed of national business chambers along the Silk Road, Lu explained, calling for more cooperation to improve international trade regulations and standards, to build a bridge for easy trade. SRCIC supports the construction of the Silk Road over land, maritime, air and cyberspace, building bridges for greater connectivity and cooperation in many sectors, including cultural exchange which helps mutual understanding, he stressed. Lu as well as Greek officials also underlined the importance of the Sino-Greek cooperation at Piraeus which sets a great example as a flagship project in the Belt and Road. "As the economic power is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean Greece is no longer a country at the margins of Europe, but is at the center of the new economic world map... We aspire to become one of the key channels of regional cooperation between the entire Europe and China," Yorgos Katrougalos, Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister, said pointing to the successful bilateral collaboration in Greece's largest port in recent years. On her part, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura highlighted the role tourism flows play in enhancing the understanding and cooperation between peoples, urging for more focus on this field. "We invite you to explore the new opportunities and development prospects Greece has to offer as a very attractive investment destination in Europe and the Mediterranean, as a bridge for economic activity and for new cooperation in regional and international level," she said addressing Monday's forum. In all sectors the East and the West should work hard to open routes for dialogue and cooperation, Spyros Kouvelis, GEBC President, added, underlining that the total is much bigger than the sum of the parts. Source: Xinhua
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