BRI opens new page in development of China, world

Beijing: The Belt and Road Initiated (BRI) launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, has opened a new page in the development of China and the world. “In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to jointly build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Since then, the Belt and Road Initiative has opened a new page in the development of China and the world,” highlighted Sun Chao in her book titled “Ambassadors’ views on Chinese Modernization.”

“Rooted in history, the Belt and Road Initiative points to the future; Proposed by China, the Belt and Road Initiative belongs to the whole world. Our ancestors used to traverse desert miles by miles and transcend hills by hills, leaving their footprints on the new regions,” she added. Sun Chao interviewed hundreds of global leaders and ambassadors to learn the vigor and vitality of the new Silk Road. Sitting face to face, she listened closely to their diversified stories and different voices. She opined that by listening the interviews, the global leaders could make the rest of the world understand China better and “we can share China’s narratives well, and make positive contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind.” In a world full of uncertainty, we promote sustainable development while facing global challenges. China is a country that provides opportunities and hopes to all the people across the world. To address global issues, Chinese Modernization offers Chinese wisdom, Chinese approaches, and China’s power. Moin ul Haque, former Ambassador of Pakistan to China, talking to Sun Chao for her book “Ambassadors’ views on Chinese Modernization,” lauded that the Belt and Road Initiative is a remarkable miracle and a huge success that China lifted over 800 million people out of poverty, which is an extraordinary achievement that Pakistan should pursue.

José Augusto Duarte, the Ambassador of Portuguese to China, once put it that China’s development and prosperity are beneficial not only to the Chinese people but also to the world. Tarja Halonen, the first female president of Finland praised China has played a constructive role in globalization and a leading role in addressing global challenges. Siddharth Chatterjee, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in China said that China has made a remarkable contribution to global governance and demonstrated exemplary leadership in the past decades. Jin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) mentioned that the goal of China’s initiating the establishment of AIIB is to explore the most inclusive and sustainable development path in a world full of uncertainty.

Carlos Humberto Larrea Dávila, the Ambassador of Ecuador to China, who really enjoyed the sense of security in China. During the worst period of COVID-19, he was deeply impressed by the strict discipline of Chinese citizens. They learn from China, that is, to put collectivism and empathy above selfishness and individualism. Paulo Estivallet de Mesquita, the Ambassador of Brazil to China, indicated that China and Brazil are the largest developing countries in the eastern and western hemispheres. The positive interactions between two countries can be considered as a model of “South-South cooperation”. Despite the geographical distance between the two countries, Chinese and Brazilian people are Close in heart and soul. Luis Quesada, the Ambassador of Peru to China, was proud of his Chinese zodiac dragon. One of his favorite things is to explore new things in China on his bike, just like his first visit to Beijing in 1983. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, who serves as the Ambassador of Iceland to China for the second time, acclaimed that founding of CPC is one of the greatest events in the 20th century that really has changed the world. Marc Pierre Hübsch, the Ambassador of Luxembourg to China, was the first foreign ambassador to China to visit the Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy Research Center.

The Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was the first head of state to arrive in China for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. He stated that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics was well organized and the opening ceremony was splendid. The Great Unity of the Chinese nation has made great achievements in China, and the elimination of extreme poverty in China has brought tangible welfare to the Chinese people and the world. According to Sun Chao, there are more and more touching stories. During the past 7 years, she has interviewed over 100 hundred global leaders and ambassadors. Every time she was inspired and deeply touched and each dialogue was not only engraved with history and also responded to the calls of the times. The author of the book opined, “Taking a broader view of the world, we can understand China’s mission for its people more clearly and deeply.”

China is always on the path of finding the most appropriate development road for Chinese people by carrying out outstanding traditional culture and basing on China’s specific and new reality all the time. Promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in an all-round way with Chinese modernization, and constantly create new miracles of human development while adhering to the fundamentals of Chinese characteristics. About the book, Sun Chao said, the book transcends boundaries, time, space, and language, embodies the different insights and wisdom of ambassadors, leaders and decision-makers around the world, and unites the passions and efforts of all of us. She hoped the book could help more people know better about China and China’s development as well as the world and it could provide readers with some new thoughts, new approaches, and new powers.