China is hosting the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing from October 17 to 18, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI, initially proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, aimed to construct the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, symbolizing a transformative vision in response to a changing global landscape and emphasizing the well-being of humanity.
The BRI has evolved significantly over the past decade, progressing from a mere concept to a robust reality and transforming into the most extensive international cooperation platform in comparison to other similar projects. Its significance aligns with the overarching objective of building a global community of shared future and has now ascended to new heights as the world faces unprecedented changes.
In light of the BRF, the Global Times is releasing a special edition to celebrate the remarkable achievements under the BRI over the past decade. This edition aims to illustrate how the initiative has paved the way for global well-being, integrating elements of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation, and social progress. It underscores how the “global project of the century” has illuminated a path of hope for a brighter future for humanity.
For example, the successful launch of the Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway (HSR) in Indonesia stands as a testament to the BRI’s impact. The project, a longstanding dream for the nation, has materialized, marking a significant milestone for Indonesia and Southeast Asia. This initiative has not only realized the aspirations of participating countries but also showcases the tangible benefits of the BRI’s global cooperation.
The BRI has fostered connectivity and development across various regions, fundamentally transforming the landscape of transportation communication. For instance, the transportation network established under the BRI has significantly reduced shipping time and enhanced the efficiency of trade between countries. In Kazakhstan, the initiative has facilitated not only land connectivity but also maritime connectivity, enabling the country to expand its reach in global markets.
Furthermore, the BRI has garnered widespread international participation, with over three-quarters of the world’s countries and more than 30 international organizations signing Belt and Road cooperation documents with China. This comprehensive engagement has fostered balanced globalization, empowering developing countries to integrate into the global logistics and supply chain network, thus enhancing their economic self-reliance.
The BRI embodies the spirit of openness and inclusiveness, aligning with the global dream for a better future. It has not only facilitated connectivity and trade but has also become a catalyst for fostering cooperation between participating countries. Its emphasis on mutual benefit and cooperation has distinguished it from the hegemonic pursuits of certain other nations.
As the BRI enters its 10th anniversary, it is poised to further enhance its role in promoting global peace and stability amid geopolitical tensions. The upcoming BRF is expected to chart a new course for the BRI, guiding the initiative toward a future characterized by universal security, common prosperity, and lasting peace. As the white paper emphasizes, the BRI envisions an open, inclusive, and beautiful world that fosters human development and ensures a bright future for all.