From Suzanne Zhou
HONG KONG- A high profile International seminar, titled “Collectively Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Creating a Community of Common Destiny” concluded at Chinese city of Quanzhou, Fujian province after two days of deliberations by experts and scholars from different parts of the world as well as Chinese economists and entrepreneurs from all over China.
“China and countries along the Maritime Silk Road should enhance mutual understanding and cooperation and establish exchange mechanisms for future development”, said Jiang Jianguo, Director of the State Council Information Office, at the seminar.
Jiang said the seminar brings experts and think tanks together to share ideas on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road development.”It will surely bring new vigor, vitality and prosperity to the countries involved,” he said.
Several round-table meetings, on such topics as the value and significance of the Maritime Silk Road initiative and working together for common development and prosperity, were held during the seminar.
President Xi Jinping proposed in 2013 that China and countries along the ancient Maritime Silk Road should together build a new Maritime Silk Road of the 21st century, with the aim of reviving the ancient trade route to benefit the countries and peoples involved.
The Maritime Silk Road, which ran from China through Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean to Africa and Europe, started about the time of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and reached its peak during the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368).
You Quan, Party chief of Fujian province, said during the opening ceremony that Fujian province, with its unique geographical advantages and abundant maritime resources, will play a vital role in the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
The province is now speeding up construction of the Free Trade Zone, facilitating the building of a transport network and stepping up cooperation with countries and regions along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, You said.
“China’s initiative of building the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” will significantly promote mutually beneficial cooperation between countries along the ancient sea route and share among them a vast market provided by China’s economic expansion”, said a foreign participant.
Addressing the Seminar,the Editor in Chief of The Daily Mail and Chairman of Pakistan-China Media Friendship Association, Mr. Makhdoom Babar said that Chinese leaders’ initiative of One Belt and One Road and Maritime Silk Road was a spectacular project that reflects its great vision and farsightedness.
Makhdoom Babar said that Pakistan and China were already engaged in an important segment of this initiative through Pak-China Economic Corridor which has paved the way for further cooperation between the two countries through the One Belt and One Road initiative. Makhdoom Babar also announced to hold a mega Media Forum to highlight and promote One Belt and One Road and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road project, next month in Islamabad. He said that the Forum would be held by The Daily Mail through the platform of Pak-China Media Friendship Association that has a very significant number of journalists from both China and Pakistan, as its members.
He paid rich tributes to the Chinese leaders, especially President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang for evolving such a farsighted vision. He said that this initiative was set to have far-reaching impacts on regional as well as global economy and trade. He reiterated that the ongoing Pak-China Economic Corridor, that forms part of the One Belt and One Road project had emerged as a very important component of the project.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily