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Xi‘s visit promotes Belt and Road in Eurasia

2019-03-28 13:02:54 China Daily

Three-nation trip produces ''harvest'' and helps to maintain multilateralism, boost connectivity

President Xi Jinping's trip to Italy, Monaco and France promoted new expansion of the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Xi arrived in Beijing on Wednesday after wrapping up his state visits to the three European countries. It was his first overseas trip this year. During the six-day visit, Xi traveled to five cities and attended more than 40 events.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, hosted a departure ceremony for Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan. Xi also met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, National Assembly President Richard Ferrand and Senate President Gerard Larcher on the same day.

The trip was dedicated to deepening cooperation with Europe, improving global governance and maintaining multilateralism, and it reflected China's responsible role as a major country, Wang said on Tuesday.

The trip took Xi to the other end of the ancient Silk Road and boosted Eurasian interconnectivity through joint building of the Belt and Road, according to Wang.

"Wherever President Xi went, he took the Belt and Road and produced a harvest of practical cooperation there," Wang said.

Witnessed by Xi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday on jointly building the Belt and Road. Italy became the first G7 member country to sign official documents with China on the Belt and Road.

The Italian government's strategic decision to join the Belt and Road is pragmatic and visionary, Wang said, adding that the MOU has brought a new driving force to promote connection between Asia and Europe.

During his talks with Xi, Conte agreed to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which is to be held in Beijing next month.

While Xi was in France, the two countries agreed to push the building of major projects in traditional areas and expand cooperation in new areas including scientific innovation, agriculture and finance.

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