versity of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi
wants to convey a specific message: that China sees the BRI as a method by which it can make
a substantial and permanent contribution to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.
“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI m
ay have on these issues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will cont
inue to wholeheartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.
Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London, Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Muteth
ya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.The profits of China’s major indu
strial firms surged by 13.9 percent in March, a drastic rebound compared to the 14-percent decline in January-Febru
ary period, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Saturday.
fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take the opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China.
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since the event started nine yea
rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
In recent years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry
of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto components, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection.
After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate
ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan
via linking people of the two countries in cultural exchange, education, human
itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding to stim
ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w
hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do more to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said.
He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba
ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location, the country aims to become a tran
sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp
ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp
ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb
er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”