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THE CHINESE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE
More than two millennia ago the diligent and courageous people of Eurasia explored and opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe and Africa, collectively called the Silk Road by later generations. For thousands of years, the Silk Road Spirit－”peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit”－has been passed from generation to generation, promoted the progress of human civilization, and contributed greatly to the prosperity and development of the countries along the Silk Road. Symbolizing communication and cooperation between the East and the West, the Silk Road Spirit is a historic and cultural heritage shared by all countries around the world.
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China pledges trans-regional customs co-op for Belt and Road
XI’AN — China has formulated a set of policies aimed at strengthening trans-regional customs cooperation to support the Belt and Road Initiative, customs authorities disclosed at a forum on May 27.
A 16-point policy pledges to give priority to port projects along the Belt and Road regions and further open up customs services in inland areas, according to the General Administration of Customs.
Other measures include improving customs management system to support logistics construction along the route.
The agency said it will improve cooperation with customs authorities in other countries to stimulate trade growth and regional prosperity.
The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road plans proposed by China in 2013 for improved cooperation with countries in a vast part of Asia, Europe and Africa.
The Chinese government published an action plan specifying the principles, framework, priorities and mechanisms for the initiative in March. A $40 billion Silk Road Fund, designed to finance the Belt and Road, has also been launched.
China’s Belt and Road plan ‘open’ to all nations
Officials reiterated on April 16 that the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives will be “open” to all nations and are not limited by geography.Officials reiterated on April 16 that the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives will be “open” to all nations and are not limited by geography.
The commitment was made by top government officials at a briefing for foreign diplomats and company representatives held jointly by the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the National Development and Reform Commission, the nation’s economic planner.
“The initiatives are open to all and countries that are interested in the initiatives can participate in them. What China has offered is only the vision,” said Ou Xiaoli, deputy director-general of the Department of Western Region Development at the NDRC.
Paul Kavanagh, Ireland’s ambassador to China, said: “The big message that came across is that the initiatives are open ones and are not confined to countries with a specific proximate geography, a specific historical circumstance or a specific economic situation, which includes Ireland.”
“If we continue to pursue our bilateral agenda on political, economic and cultural terms, we will be fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Belt and Road initiatives,” he said.
For Peru, the initiatives are ones that look to the future and can be expected to go much further than the historic scope of the Silk Road, which might one day extend across the Pacific Ocean, said Juan-Miguel Miranda, minister counselor at the Embassy of Peru.
Zhang Yansheng, secretary-general of the academic committee of the NDRC, had played down similar concerns from foreign companies not geographically involved in the initiatives, notably those from the United States and Japan.
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