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Belt and Road Forum is greatest project of 21st century: Xi Jinping

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that ‘Belt and Road Forum’ is the greatest project of 21st century.     

While delivering a keynote speech at the opening session of Belt an Road forum in Beijing, Xi Jinping said, ‘We should forge partnerships of dialogue with no confrontation and of friendship rather than alliance.’

He said that Chinese companies set up 56 economic cooperation zones in more than 20 countries, generating 180,000 jobs for them. Xi Jinping said that global growth requires new drivers, development needs to be more inclusive and balanced, gap between rich and poor needs to be narrowed.

Trade between China and other countries exceeds $3 trillion in 2014-2016, he said and added that China’s investment in other countries tops $50 billion.

He said that Belt and Road initiative not meant to reinvent the wheel, but to align countries’ development strategies by leveraging their strengths. The president said that the project will play role in world’s peace.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin among 29 premiers from different countries were present in the opening session of the forum .