The 2016 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road hosted by People's Daily has opened today. Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a congratulatory note, hailing the forum's successful opening.
Xi's letter of congratulation is as follows:
Upon the opening of the 2016 Media Cooperation Forumon Belt and Road, let me extend a warm welcome to the participating journalist delegates from home and abroad and I wish your forum a great success!
The Silk Road is a rich legacy shared by many countries. China's initiative of reviving this ancient trade route has won approval from many countries along the route’ passing. Countries recognize China's proposed principle of multi-party negotiation, multi-party construction and multi-party sharing of benefits. The objectives of enhancing policy communication, expanding infrastructure connectivity, facilitating free trade, increasing the ease of capital flow and building a shared recognition of a common destiny among the peoples are expressed wishes of all partner countries. To achieve all these objectives, China is willing to work together with the countries concerned in building a mutually beneficial network. China is open to innovations in cooperation mode and is determined to safeguard a multi-party platform that can efficiently implement the projects agreed upon. China is hopeful that the prospect of a Green Silk Road, Healthy Silk Road, Smart Silk Road and Peaceful Silk Road is a shared vision among all participating nations and together we will thrive and prosper under this vision.
Media has an irreplaceable role in disseminating information, enhancing mutual trust, and building consensus. The Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road is offering a platform for media and journalists to hold dialogues and exchanges and make plans for cooperation and collaboration. I hope the media participants will use this platform well and make a contribution to the development of communication between countries, between peoples so that we can gain more mutual trust and mutual understanding. Such contributions will play an important role in the realization of the “One Belt, One Road” vision.
To conclude my note, I wish the 2016 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road a complete success!
Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China.
July 25, 2016