Ambassadors hail China's efforts and achievements related to the BRI

Zhao Binyu
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A number of foreign ambassadors hailed China’s efforts regarding the Belt and Road Initiative that Chinese President Xi Jinping initiated six years ago and praised the remarkable outcomes that have been reached regarding connectivity, infrastructure development, economic growth, poverty alleviation, and other endeavors under the initiative.

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku told, “The most remarkable achievement of the last 70 years is the poverty alleviation in China, and the country is willing to share its prosperity with the rest of the world.” He continued: “As well as trying to develop itself, China is trying to develop the Belt and Road Initiative, and to help the rest of the world, including Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Asia…”

Republic of Ghana Ambassador to China Edward Boateng had similar views as Kodituwakku and also praised China’s work in poverty alleviation. He stated: “In the past 40 years, China has lifted about 700 million people out of poverty. China has become the leading trade partner of African countries and has made enormous strides in terms of trade, technology and infrastructure.” He added:“We are looking forward to working with China to help lift our people out of poverty. We are where China was about 20 to 30 years ago. We believe that if we partner with China, we can really improve and lift a lot of our people out of poverty. We also believe that we can work with China to make the world a better and safer place for humanity,as Chinese President Xi Jinping has often said.Ghana is working on expanding cooperation with China in several areas, including commerce, people-to-people exchanges, culture, tourism and sports.”

Dominican Republic Ambassador to China Martin Charles spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative, commenting:“I would like to congratulate President Xi and the Chinese people on the Belt and Road Initiative because it has brought tremendous economic benefit for citizens throughout the world.Taking the African region for example, many countries have witnessed development in different areas, including infrastructure, education, and people-to-people exchanges. Had it not been [for] China, many of these countries would not have been able to see the kind of development that they are experiencing today, so we are grateful to President Xi for this great initiative, and Dominica will continue to support the Belt and Road Initiative in this shared vision for all humanity.” Charles concluded: “We hope that Dominica will expand its collaboration with China. The Belt and Road Initiative can be a powerful force to promote our development and create a win-win situation.”

Charles’ view was echoed by Co-operative Republic of Guyana Ambassador to China Bayney Karran, who mentioned:“As a positive force in the world, China has had an impact on the global platform in a positive way. We are fully supportive of China’s development, and we hope China will play its rightful role in the world with countries like Guyana. We can develop together in peace and in harmony.”

Republic of Zimbabwe Ambassador to China Paul Chikawa emphasized the connectivity-related attainments that have occurred under the Belt and Road Initiative.He said: “The Belt and Road Initiative is bringing every country together, big and small, developed and developing. Today’s world is one village where technology is bringing us together, so the quest for a community of a shared future must bring us together. China is driving the BRI to bring the globe together.” Chikawa added: “Africa and China will continue to work hand in hand. As we do that, we do hope that the rest of the world will join in this noble cause. We want a world of harmony, where peace replaces war with consensus and win-win results.

Republic of Rwanda Ambassador to China Charles Kayonga had comparable ideas, expressing,“The Belt and Road initiative brings modern technology and infrastructure to connect China with the rest of the world, through building infrastructure and developing industries and production capacity.” Kayonga pointed out that there are several connectivity-oriented infrastructure projects in progress, including the East Africa grand railway from Mombasa, Republic of Kenya to East African countries, such as the Republic of Uganda and Rwanda, and the one that runs from the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through Rwanda to the West African coast. He went on to say: “We have seen the Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway and some other infrastructure projects in Rwanda, such as roads connecting other areas inside or outside the region. There are also other projects covering areas including the economy, culture, education and health.”

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