Beijing, October 17, 2023 (TDI):  The Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation kicked off in Beijing with a resounding speech by  Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the opening reception’s welcoming banquet.

In his address, President Xi extended a warm welcome to distinguished guests and emphasized the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in fostering global connectivity and cooperation.

President Xi, addressing a gathering of Heads of State and Government, representatives of international organizations, and distinguished guests, set the tone for the forum’s discussions with a message of hope, progress, and international collaboration. ‘

He noted the mutual benefits and achievements of the BRI, emphasizing that these accomplishments were the result of hard work, wisdom, and courage from governments, businesses, and people of BRI partner countries.

“The BRI pursues development, promotes win-win outcomes, and inspires hope. This is the responsibility that we, political leaders of this generation, must fulfill toward the people of today and future generations,” President Xi said, highlighting the need for sustained efforts to ensure a prosperous and interconnected world for all.

The President underlined the challenges the world faces today, such as economic pressures and multiple development obstacles, but remained unwavering in his belief that cooperation and mutual benefit are the keys to overcoming these challenges.

He reaffirmed the commitment to cooperation and common development as essential for humanity’s brighter future.

In conclusion, President Xi raised a toast to the full success of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the health of all guests and their families, and to all those who have contributed to Belt and Road cooperation.

The banquet attendees responded with cheers, echoing the sentiment of unity, cooperation, and shared goals that the forum represents.

The Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, continuing through the coming days, will provide a platform for discussions, agreements, and partnerships, further strengthening global connectivity and fostering international economic cooperation.