Silk Road initiatives enter new phase: think tank

China’s initiatives on building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, popularly known as the Belt and Road Initiatives, have entered a more practical phase of fulfillment, a leading Chinese think tank has said.

Speaking at an international conference held recently in Istanbul, Turkey, Li Wei, president of China’s official think tank Development Research Center of the State Council, said the regional development initiatives brought up by China have evolved from a mere roadmap to cooperation at practical levels.

“The initiatives are evolving from proposals into actions, the blueprint is becoming reality and the effort of communication over the ideas is shifting to practical cooperation,” said Li.

More than 200 political and academic figures of countries on the historical route of the Silk Road attended the conference titled Silk Roads: Inspirations and Opportunities in Istanbul and shared their views on the Zone-Road initiatives.

In a statement to the conference, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey is willing to undertake the historic mission to re-energize the Silk Road, which can help raise the people’s living standards along the road and enhance relations among countries in the region.

Full article: Silk Road initiatives enter new phase: think tank (Want China Times)

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