Ambassador Lu Shaye publishes a signed article on the Belt and Road Initiative
（From Chinese Embassy in Canada）
On May 2, The Hill Times published an article written by Chinese Ambassador in Canada Lu Shaye, illustrating the contents, purposes and achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative and welcoming Canada to play an active role in it. Here is the full text:
In the five years since China proposed the Belt and Road initiative, it has been transformed from concept to action, and from vision to reality, yielding fruitful outcomes and bringing substantial benefits to many countries.
However, the initiative is also misunderstood. Some people say it is a tool China employs for geographical and strategic expansion, and others say that it increases the debt burden of some countries. What is the truth? Here are my thoughts:
First, what is the Belt and Road initiative? It is the abbreviation for the "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road." The core content of the initiative is to strengthen complementarity of the national policies and development strategies between China and relevant countries, deepen their practical cooperation, promote coordinated and interconnected development, and achieve common prosperity. The priorities of cooperation are policy communication, infrastructure connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds.
The initiative covers the countries and regions along the routes of the old Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road, but it is far beyond a "belt" or a "road" in terms of geography. It focuses on the Asian, European, and African continents, but is also open to other countries across the globe. It is an international public good provided by China to promote the development of the global economy in a new era.
Since it began, more than 100 countries and international organizations have supported and participated in the Belt and Road construction actively, scoring remarkable early achievements. A number of major infrastructure projects, including railways, ports, and pipe networks, are under construction.