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. Continue reading

Once stable, Iraq will look to China for help rebuilding

“Although Iraq is still a fragmented country, sooner or later, it will need to rebuild infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools, ports, railway lines, and so on,” said Samir Sumaida’ie, who served as Iraqi ambassador to the US from 2006 to 2012, in an interview with Xinhua this week in Beijing.

“China will have the opportunity to play a big role when Iraq is able to welcome foreign contributions,” said Sumaida’ie, who is also an “old China hand,” having spent a lot of time in the country since 1991. Continue reading