What does the Belt and Road Initiative mean to China and the world?

Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 to improve regional connectivity and economic integration, benefiting people’s livelihoods and welfare.

Eight years on, Xi’s vision has become a reality in terms of policy coordination, infrastructure upgrade, unimpeded trade flow, financial integration and closer people-to-people ties.

The “Connecting 10,000 Villages” project, for instance, launched during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015, has helped provide digital TV services for nearly 13 million users, and internet television services to 20 million users in 37 African countries.

At the fifth anniversary of the BRI, Xi said that in advancing the initiative, “we should transition from making high-level plans to intensive and meticulous implementation, so as to realize high-quality development, bring benefits to local people, and build a global community of shared future.”

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