Xi Jinping Delivers a Keynote Speech at BRF Opening Ceremony
Launch Projects of People-to-People Cooperation and Jointly Develop Tourist Products with Distinctive Features of the Silk Road
Beijing, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) and delivered
a keynote speech titled “Work Together to Build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. He pointed out in his speech that,
projects of people-to-people cooperation such as Silk Road culture year and tourism year are flourishing. These interactions have brought our people
increasingly closer. We should establish a multi-tiered mechanism for cultural and people-to-people exchanges, build more cooperation platforms and open more
cooperation channels. Historical and cultural heritage should be fully tapped to jointly develop tourist products and protect heritage in ways that preserve
the distinctive features of the Silk Road. The opening ceremony was presided over by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
Xi Jinping noted that, spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness,
mutual learning and mutual benefit. The Silk Road spirit has become a great heritage of human civilization. Four years on, over 100 countries and international
organizations have supported and got involved in this initiative. Important resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly and Security Council contain
reference to it. Thanks to our efforts, the vision of the Belt and Road Initiative is becoming a reality and bearing rich fruit.
Xi Jinping stressed that we should build on the sound momentum generated to steer the Belt and Road Initiative toward greater success.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also made speeches at the opening ceremony.
BRF is the largest and top-level international conference initiated by China under the framework of the “Belt & Road”, attended by about 1,500
representatives from over 130 countries and 70 international organizations, including 29 heads of state and government leaders.