While Deputies to the National People’s Congress from Henan Province had a panel discussion with President Xi Jinping, they pledged to contribute further to building the Belt & Road.

Wang Xinwei, an NPC Deputy and also mayor of the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, said the city’s door had opened wider and wider in the past five years, greatly invigorating its economic development.

One in every seven smartphones in the world is produced in the city, and one in every eight buses is produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co, he said.

Through such efforts as opening cargo train routes to Europe and encouraging cross-border e-commerce, Zhengzhou has helped implement the Belt and Road Initiative and benefited from it, he added.

“We truly feel that the Belt and Road have turned into roads of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation, and civilisation,” he said.

Tang Yuxiang, an NPC deputy and also board chairman of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus, said that since the Belt and Road Initiative was put forward in 2013, the company has made overseas markets a strategic priority.

Tang said the company not only exported 64,000 vehicles in recent years but also has exported technology.

Such exports are taking place despite some countries setting up trade barriers and resorting to trade protectionism, posing a challenge to traditional trade practices, Tang said.

Wang Dujuan, an NPC Deputy and General Engineer of China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co, said the company has fully implemented Xi’s instructions on promoting high-quality growth and made breakthroughs in some key technologies.

The company’s tunnelling shield products have been exported to 18 countries and regions including Denmark, France and Israel, she said.

“We have followed the Belt and Road Initiative closely, and our ‘friends circle’ has become larger and larger,” she added.