World Bulletin / News Desk
On Wednesday a forum took place in the Chinese capital Beijing to discuss media cooperation among countries in the Silk Road Economic Belt, where officials, diplomats and media representatives from 11 countries including China, Turkey, Russia, India, Pakistan and Central Asian nations attended.
People's Daily, China’s biggest newspaper, organized the Silk Road Economic Belt Media Forum. Participants from countries along the route of the ancient Silk Road delivered keynote speeches and took part in roundtable discussions as well as other forums during the event.
Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the concept of the economic belt last year during his visit to Central Asia and aims to encourage more cooperation, development and increasing prosperity among the countries along the longstanding trade route.
"The ancient Silk Road was a major economic and cultural factor in the development of different civilizations. Therefore the Silk Road does not only belong to China but belongs to the world," China's Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Lui Jianchao said during his keynote speech at the conference while adding that this project is one of the priorities of Chinese foreign policy to outreach to the world.
Chinese officials hope to gain closer cultural and political ties with each of the countries along the new Silk Road and believe that it will contribute to long-term stability in the region. They also see it as a revival project that could involve 40 Asian and European countries and regions.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2014, 16:37