A productive decade, a glorious new journey
Speech by Commissioner Liu Guangyuan at the Bauhinia Culture Forum on “BRI: decade of achievements and prospects of high-quality development”
Honorable Chief Executive John Lee,
General Manager Wen Hongwu
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning! It gives me great pleasure to join you in this Forum. On behalf of the Commissioner’s Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, I wish to extend warm congratulations on the opening of the forum.
Ten years ago, President Xi Jinping proposed the “Belt and Road Initiative”. Ten years on, the BRI has laid its groundwork and entered the stage of all-round growth. It has attracted participation of 151 countries and 32 international organizations, and has become a widely welcomed global public good and cooperation platform. The past decade has not only seen China pursuing high-standard opening-up and win-win cooperation with all countries, but also witnessed China making its contributions to the world with a great sense of responsibility.
The BRI boosts the growth of the world economy.
The BRI adheres to the right course of economic globalization and strives to build partnerships for common development and prosperity of all countries.
Over the years, a basic BRI framework of “six economic corridors, six connectivity networks, and multiple countries and ports in different parts of the world” has taken shape. Under this framework, a large number of cooperation projects have been carried out, injecting continuous energy to the world economy.
From 2013 to 2022, China’s trade in goods with Belt and Road countries grew at 8 percent on average every year, and two-way investment between China and these countries surpassed 270 billion US dollars.
As China is building a new development paradigm, cooperation in areas of health, environment, digital economy and innovation will be further expanded, which will serve as a new engine of growth for all parties.
The BRI improves the well-being of people of all countries.
The Belt and Road cooperation focuses on eradicating poverty, creating jobs and improving people’s livelihood.
In Senegal, China carried out well-drilling projects and helped one-seventh population of the country to drink clean water. In Pakistan, China conducted coal power projects and provided electricity to 4 million people. China has also exported Juncao technology to more than 100 countries and created hundreds of thousands of jobs there.
Through these efforts, China has helped Belt and Road countries reduce poverty and their people enjoy a real sense of happiness. 40 million people around the world are likely to be lifted out of poverty with China’s contribution.
As UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, the BRI is an initiative that aims to leave no one behind on the path of development.
The BRI helps to improve global governance.
Today’s world is facing uncertainties, instabilities, unpredictable risks, and emerging global challenges. Given such circumstances, the BRI has built up new mechanisms such as the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and the Silk Road spirit of openness, inclusiveness and mutual learning, which helps to improve the global order and global governance.
Over the past decade, the BRI has been effectively aligned with development strategies of various countries and different regional and international development agendas. Belt and Road cooperation has also been written into many multilateral documents, showing that China hopes to“join hands”with each other instead of“letting go”of each other’s hands,“tear down walls instead of“erecting walls”, and that China is committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind together with all countries.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
High-quality Belt and Road cooperation has been written into the report of the 20th national congress of the Communist Party of China, which points the way forward for the BRI development on a new journey.
Hong Kong enjoys both the support of the motherland and close connection with the world. It is not only a participant, a contributor, but also a beneficiary of the Belt and Road cooperation.
At the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, President Xi stressed that the Central Government fully supports Hong Kong in seizing opportunities from national development and aligning itself with national strategies such as the 14th Five-year Plan, the Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road Initiative.
At present, Hong Kong is in a critical period of new development. By participating in the Belt and Road cooperation, Hong Kong can help the country to build a new development paradigm and achieve high-standard opening-up. At the same time, it can further integrate into national development and achieve better development of itself.
All the distinguished guests here are heavyweights from different industries. You have much to contribute and much to gain from Hong Kong’s participation in the BRI.
I hope you could seize the trend of Hong Kong’s development, make Hong Kong’s professional advantages in the legal, shipping, accounting, finance and consulting sectors even stronger so as to consolidate the foundation for Hong Kong to serve the BRI cooperation.
I hope you could help Hong Kong better leverage its role of “super connector” between the mainland and the world, deepen Hong Kong’s connection with other countries so as to create better conditions for Hong Kong to participate in the BRI.
I also hope you could make best use of Hong Kong’s role as an East-meets-West place, promote cultural exchanges and mutual learning so as to make Hong Kong a success story of “Belt and Road cooperation”.
Our Commissioner’s Office will continue to use our diplomatic expertise to support the SAR in enhancing its competitive advantages, expanding exchanges and cooperation with foreign countries, and participating in the Belt and Road cooperation. We will do our best to help Hong Kong seize new opportunities, cultivate new advantages and make new contributions to the country’s high-quality development.
The remarkable achievements of the past decade demonstrate that Belt and Road is a path to win-win cooperation and common development. China hopes to walk side by side with all parties on this path to share development opportunities and create a better future together!
Finally, I wish this forum a resounding success!