Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Sixth Cambridge University International Real Estate Finance and Investment Conference: Build a Platform for Open Cooperation together and Share the Opportunities for Development and Prosperity
The Leadenhall Building, London, 27 November 2018
Deputy Vice Chancellor Philip Allmendinger,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is a real delight to join you at the sixth Cambridge University International Real Estate Finance and Investment Conference. The organiser asked me to talk about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). So I will focus my speech on three questions about the BRI:
First, what does the BRI mean to the world?
Second, what is UK's role in the building of the BRI?
Third, how to seize the opportunities offered by the BRI?
Let me begin with the first question.
Five years ago, President Xi Jinping proposed the BRI. This Initiative is aimed at enhancing connectivity between countries and regions of the world so as to achieve inter-connected development and open new space for world economic growth.
The BRI follows the trend of the times and takes the lead in international cooperation. The past five years have seen it taking root, growing strong and bearing fruits. This is reflected in the following three aspects:
First, the BRI carries forward the spirit of open cooperation.
The world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. Development and cooperation remain the theme of our times. However, anti-globalisation, unilateralism, protectionism and populism are on the rise.
Under these circumstances, the BRI advocates openness. It is not drawing a line between different ideologies. Neither is it a "zero-sum" or geopolitical game. The BRI voices strong support for integrated development of all economies, with a view to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
As of today, China has signed cooperation agreements on the BRI with more than 140 international organisations and countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin American, the Caribbean and South Pacific.
In the past five years, the BRI and its fundamental ideas of "extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits" have been incorporated into the outcome documents of international mechanisms, such as the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the G20 and APEC.
Since the beginning of this year, new consensus on the BRI has been reached at the Ministerial Meeting of the China and Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), at the Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China and at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
These figures and examples are strong proof that the BRI is an open and inclusive platform dedicated to international cooperation. It is increasingly gaining positive response and enthusiastic participation.
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