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The 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm, held on Wednesday, May 22, the China Cultural Center, was an exceptional event and powerful demonstration of the great interest in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and cooperation with China in Sweden, a country whose political elites and mainstream media are still skeptical and oblivious to the BRI. The international nature of this full-day event was almost unprecedented in terms of the discussion of the BRI in this country. A sizeable portion of the foreign diplomatic corps in Stockholm turned out to discuss the outcome of the Second Belt and Road Forum for Economic Cooperation (BRF2) which took place in late April in Beijing. 33 diplomats including 13 ambassadors from four continents joined business representatives, academicians as well as one Swedish parliamentarian, a city councilman, and 4 journalists, forming an audience of over 100 persons. The event was organized by the Belt and Road Executive Group for Sweden (BRIX), in collaboration with the China-Sweden Business Council. Ulf Sandmark, the Chairman of the BRIX, gave the opening speech of the morning session, pointing out that the BRI is not just railways or trade routes but ‘development corridors’. The BRI is definitely not any […]

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BRIX participate in Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm

BRIX participate in Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm

2019-06-13 From the 9th to the 12th of June, a BRIX delegation, comprised of BRIX Chairman Ulf Sandmark and board member Lydia Liu, took part in the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm to bring the Belt and Road Initiative to the 350 exhibitors and 2,500 participants for three days. The BRIX members met with both Chinese and Swedish companies and many others informing about the BRIX and exchanging contacts. They also attended the presentations by Huawei, the China railway company CRRC and others from the Middle East and North Africa. Fruitful discussions and exchanges were made. The 2019 UITP Global Public Transport Summit was held at the Stockholm Convention and Exhibition Centre (Älvsjö Mässan) from 9 to 12 June. On the last day, the BRIX members visited the China Railway Tunnel Company in the morning and visited the China Car Company and the booths of Sweden and Germany. They also participated in the Transport Seminar on the Construction of the Future Middle East and North Africa. The exhibitors they visited were very interested in the work of BRIX, which they believed was a very important and meaningful work. The 130-year old UITP Biennial Summit is the worlds largest […]

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BRI Update June 18

BRI Update June 18

2019.06.21 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation members Support Belt and Road Initiative. The two-day 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan concluded on June 14 with the issuance of a joint declaration, and the signing of 14 agreements, including many bilateral cooperation agreements among the heads of state attending. There was particular emphasis on combating international terrorism and upholding the principles of multilateralism. However, the SCO is increasingly incorporating economic cooperation as a key element of the security and stability of this Eurasian part of the world. Concerning the Belt and Road Initiative and its close coordination with the Eurasian Economic Union (of which Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are members), the Bishkek Declaration stated: “The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative and praise the results of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (Beijing, 26 April 2019). They note the ongoing work to implement this initiative together, including the efforts to align the Eurasian Economic Union projects with those under the Belt and Road initiative.” It is noteworthy, though, that […]

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All videos of Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm are available now!

All videos of Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm are available now!

All the speeches and discussion panels of the BRIX-organized Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm on May 22, 2019 are available in video on the BRIX YouTube Channel. CLICK on the video title or speaker to watch! Opening remarks by BRIX Chairman Ulf Sandmark Keynote speech by H.E. Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sweden, Mr. Gui Congyou. Speech of H.E. Ambassador of Pakistan to Sweden, Mr. Hussain Dayo on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Speech of H.E. Ambassador of Portugal, Mr. Henrique SIlveira Borges on Portugal-China economic cooperation. Speech of Hon. Mr. Thore Vestby, former member of the Norwegian Parliament on the Norwegian and Swedish attitudes to the BRI. Lars Aspling: Part 1, The amazing Chinese economic development in the past 30 years. Hussein Askary: Africa’s transformation thorugh the Belt and Road Initiative. Lars Aspling: Part 2, Why Europe and Sweden should join the Belt and Road Initiative. First Panel Discussion, Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm. Stephen Brawer, Vice Chairman of BRIX: Dialog of Cultures rathern than Geopolitics. Professor Mike Danilovic: the BRI as a Business Opportunity for Swedish SMEs. Researcher Jasmine Liuhua liu: “Exploring Chinese Business Culture”. MBA Student Suci Ariyanti: The China Conundrum! […]

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BRI Update June 11

BRI Update June 11

Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative Create Synergies: On June7, China’s President Xi Jinping and his host at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of closer coordination between the China-initiated Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Russia-initiated Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). This would create the largest economic area on the planet both in number of nations and geographical outreach. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which will have its summit meeting on June 14-16 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, will bring together many nations of both groupings, but also significantly India, which is neither a member of the BRI nor EEU. President Xi Jinping: The Belt and Road Initiative addresses the Crisis of the century: Speaking at the Plenary session of the SPIEF on June 7, President Xi Jinping opened by saying that the world is facing “profound changes unseen in a century,” and that “China stands ready to make joint efforts with the international community to create an open and pluralistic world economy, a happy society that is inclusive and benefits all, and a beautiful homeland with harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature, and explore a new path of sustainable […]

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Ambassador of China Speech at BRIX Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm

Ambassador of China Speech at BRIX Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm

Jointly Build a High Quality Belt and Road for a Future of Sustainable Development Keynote Speech by Ambassador Gui Congyou at The Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm Organized by BRIX on May 22, 2019. Excellencies, experts, scholars and friends from the business community, Good morning. Last month, the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing, leading the joint efforts to build a high quality Belt and Road into a new stage. Today’s seminar hosted by the BRIX group is very timely and relevant, and will certainly promote China-Sweden “Belt and Road” cooperation. Over the past six years since President Xi Jinping proposed the “Belt and Road Initiative”, our BRI circle of friends has grown ever bigger, quality of cooperation ever better and prospects for development ever brighter. Over 150 countries and international organizations signed cooperation agreements with China to build the BRI together. Nearly 40 heads of state and government and nearly 5000 foreign participants from over 150 countries and international organizations attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, achieving 283 cooperation outcomes and signing contracts worth over USD 64 billion. These numbers fully demonstrate that the BRI is […]

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Big Turnout for Belt & Road Forum in Stockholm

Big Turnout for Belt & Road Forum in Stockholm

The 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm, held on Wednesday, May 22, the China Cultural Center, was an exceptional event and powerful demonstration of the great interest in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and cooperation with China in Sweden, a country whose political elites and mainstream media are still skeptical and oblivious to the BRI. The international nature of this full-day event was almost unprecedented in terms of the discussion of the BRI in this country. A sizeable portion of the foreign diplomatic corps in Stockholm turned out to discuss the outcome of the Second Belt and Road Forum for Economic Cooperation (BRF2) which took place in late April in Beijing. 33 diplomats including 13 ambassadors from four continents joined business representatives, academicians as well as one Swedish parliamentarian, a city councilman, and 4 journalists, forming an audience of over 100 persons. The event was organized by the Belt and Road Executive Group for Sweden (BRIX), in collaboration with the China-Sweden Business Council. Ulf Sandmark, the Chairman of the BRIX, gave the opening speech of the morning session, pointing out that the BRI is not just railways or trade routes but ‘development corridors’. The BRI is definitely not […]

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The Belt and Road Initiative grows bigger

The Belt and Road Initiative grows bigger

2019.05.06 The Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF2) which was held in the Chinese capital Beijing on April 25-27 was a major success. Leaders from 37 countries, 360 ministers, 100 leaders of international organizations and 5,000 participants from 150 countries were in attendance. The Forum, whose theme is “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, resulted in very important agreements and new initiatives, making the Belt and Road a more global phenomenon rather than just a Eurasian one. In his opening keynote speech, President Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of connectivity and infrastructure development on a global scale, saying: “Connectivity is vital to advancing Belt and Road cooperation. We need to promote a global partnership of connectivity to achieve common development and prosperity. I am confident that as we work closely together, we will transcend geographical distance and embark on a path of win-win cooperation. “Infrastructure is the bedrock of connectivity, while the lack of infrastructure has held up the development of many countries. High-quality, sustainable, resilient, affordable, inclusive and accessible infrastructure projects can help countries fully leverage their resource endowment, better integrate into the global supply, industrial and value chains, and realize inter-connected development. To this end, […]

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37 World Leaders to Attend Second BRI Forum in Beijing

37 World Leaders to Attend Second BRI Forum in Beijing

2019.04.21 Leaders from 37 countries, 360 ministers, 100 leaders of international organizations and 5,000 participants from 150 countries will attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, April 19. In addition,  4,000 reporters will also be attending the Forum, whose theme is “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Future. “The second Belt and Road Forum will be held in Beijing on April 25-27. It will become China’s largest international event this year. Thirty-seven leaders of state and government will participate in the forum,” Wang told a press conference.  This will include the leaders of Austria, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and others. “Senior representatives” of France, Germany, Britain, Spain, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Union will also participate; other diplomatic representatives of the United States and North Korea will also be there. International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, and  Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary- general, are also expected to participate, according to Wang. Wang announced that there would 12 forums and conferences on various themes to be held on April 25 and on April 26, double the number of last year, […]

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BRIX Welcomed in Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

BRIX Welcomed in Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

2019.04.17 The Belt and Road Initiative Executive Group for Sweden (BRIX) and its presentation of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce was welcomed with with interest. It was the Chamber of Commerce’s special network group for international expansion that wanted to be informed about the business opportunities opened on all continents with the new Silk Road and the ideas behind the Belt & Road Initiative. The network consists of companies that work with or are only interested in international trade. Among the highly qualified participants are several who have or are planning activities in China. BRIX Chairman Ulf Sandmark began by presenting the association BRIX and how to understand the new Silk Road / BRI. It is necessary to turn the perspective around and understand how the Chinese leadership is thinking when talking about “a shared future for mankind,” he stressed. Only the long-term perspective of this development policy can show that even the figures being presented are completely wrong, when in the Western world one describes China’s indebtedness and thus investments as unsustainable. With China’s 30, 50 and 100-year perspective on developing new rail corridors and cities, China’s investments in today’s wastelands can […]

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