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Belt and Road Updates July 11

Belt and Road Updates July 11

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Keeps Expanding and Developing Nations: China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues to expand, leading nations and billions of people out of backwardness, and into development, through massive scientific-technological projects. A relating of some of the recent, important developments: ** Indonesia has asked China to set up a special fund within its Belt and Road Initiative for investment in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Indonesia drew up a menu of 30 projects, worth $91 billion, that China could invest in. Indonesian President Joko Widodo made the request for a special fund during a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping on the sideline of a G20 summit in Japan last week. Were China to agree to such a special fund, then Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati is doing a study to create it.     Already, the BRI is involved in Indonesia. The most high-profile BRI project is a $6 billion high-speed rail project connecting the capital, Jakarta, to the textile hub of Bandung– where the founding conference of the Non-Aligned Movement was held. The contract was awarded to a consortium of Chinese and Indonesian state firms in 2015. Another project is a $1.5 billion hydropower […]

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Information and documents about the Belt and Road Initiative

Information and documents about the Belt and Road Initiative

We witness very often articles and commentaries in mainstream media in the west and from so-called experts on China that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) “is vague”, that there is no list of nations that participate in it, and that it has no definition nor an agency that defines what it is. Here we show that the opposite is correct. There are very clear-cut concepts of the BRI if you consult the original sources. There are also lists of nations participating in it. There are documents and reports that outline its course and development. Here are some of the sources that we in the BRIX deem as useful in this respect. Chinese sources and documents: The most important official Chinese informationsource is the Belt and Road Portal. Here, we find news, docuemtns, and updates about the BRI. Here, we also find an updated list of the nations that participate in the BRI through signing memoranda of understanding with China.  länder som har anslutit sig till BRI. The most important official document defining the BRI is the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road”. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NCDR), […]

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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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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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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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