Those criticizing the initiative may seek to present themse

lves as having more sense or greater perspicacity and thus able to see the “truth” of the Belt and R

oad. But those who seek to portray it as ill-intentioned are those who habitually speak ill of China.

Those countries and organizations which choose to join the initiative have a mind of thei

r own. They realize the initiative is not an endeavor that has been planned down to the finest detail, it

is a cooperation framework that is being given substance and significance through the collaborations of countries.

Just as China’s veteran diplomat Yang Jiechi said in an interview on the weekend, the Belt and Road Initiative has created ne

w areas for international cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect, justice, equity and win-win outcomes for all.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and director of the Office of the Central Commissi

on for Foreign Affairs, rightfully pointed out that the initiative provides a platform for fostering closer ties between countries, and i

t has created new impetus and opportunities for the development of the world economy by helping many of the cou

ntries involved remove development bottlenecks and implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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