From Eurasia to Africa, America, and Oceania, joint construction of the Belt & Road has opened up new space for global economic growth, built new platforms for international trade and investment, and expanded practices for improving global economic governance.
Besides, cooperation under the framework of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) has contributed to the improvement of people’s livelihood and welfare around the world, while promoting coordinated efforts at opening-up among China’s coastal areas, inland, and border areas and integrated development of various regions in China.
In 2014, the first solid platform project of BRI, China-Kazakhstan logistics cooperation base, was inaugurated in Lianyungang city, east China’s Jiangsu province, equipping Kazakhstan, the largest landlocked country in the world, with a marine outfall to the Pacific Ocean, thus turning the country into the hub connecting Asia and Europe.
“It takes 13 hours to drive from Vientiane to Boten, while the same journey can be finished in less than 4 hours by train. We will never have to travel through those mountain roads that twist and turn a lot,” according to the director of the Public Works and Transport Department of Luang Namtha Province of Laos, who regards China-Laos railway as a significant landmark project in Laos’ course of modernization.
The BRI is a godsend for poor countries like Laos, which helps these countries to realize modernization and keep up with the changing world, commented Vientiane Times.
Statistics indicated that Pakistan’s GDP has witnessed an average annual growth rate of 4.77 per cent during the past 5 years since the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) kicked off.
Meanwhile, foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country has expanded around 240 per cent, with the 17 projects in the CPEC contributing $930 million to the tax revenue of Pakistan.
After joining the joint construction of the BRI, Greece has seen its largest port, Piraeus Port, which was once unable to function normally as even the bridge cranes were too rusty to lift things, catch the attention of the world and jump to the 36th place in the world in terms of container throughput.
Today, the sea lanes radiating from the Piraeus Port can reach 39 important ports of the Mediterranean countries.
With the implementation of and solid progress made by the cooperation projects under the framework of the BRI, the joint efforts to practice the BRI have brought tangible happiness and sense of gain to people of countries along the BRI route, making the Belt & Road a route to shared opportunities and common prosperity.
The U.S. think tank Asia Society Policy Institute recently published a research report titled “Navigating the Belt & Road Initiative”. Daniel R. Russel, an author of the report, wrote that “Infrastructure supports economic growth and can improve social well-being.”
The comprehensive implementation of the BRI can help 32 million people get rid of moderate poverty, where people’s living expenses are less than $3.2 per day, according to a new World Bank Group study on the BRI transportation corridors
The study revealed that the full implementation of the BRI can increase the volume of global trade by 6.2 percent, trade of economies along the BRI route by 9.7 percent, and global income by 2.9 percent.
In today’s world, 60 percent of the economic output comes from the coastal regions within 100 kilometres from the coastline, which causes some countries, especially the landlocked ones, to be gradually left out in the process of economic globalization. As these countries become the “deserts” of globalization, they hamper the development of economic globalization in away.
Imbalance in development is the greatest imbalance confronting in today’s world.
As the World Bank pointed out, a novel feature of the BRI is that it can reach the places where traditional models of economic globalization are not willing or able to reach, and thus make the economic development of the world more balanced.
The BRI boosts connectivity among Asia, Africa, and Europe, and paves way for the economic growth of countries along the route and China’s own development, noted the website of Junge Welt, a German daily newspaper.
China has made great efforts to expand market access for foreign investment in broader areas, strengthen international cooperation on intellectual property protection, increase imports of goods and services, implement more effective international coordination on macro-economic policies, and put more focus on the implementation of opening-up policies.
At the moment when the world is faced with mounting unilateralism and protectionism, China endeavours to embrace development opportunities by opening its door wider to the rest of the world with the aim of pursuing mutually beneficial and win-win results and promoting the high-quality construction of the BRI by closer cooperation.
It is believed that with all the joint efforts to further promote the construction of the BRI, a highly anticipated glorious future featuring openness, inclusiveness, and win-win cooperation is approaching.