With a theme of "Contributions by All and Benefits to All", the forum was hosted by People's Daily and the CPC Hainan Provincial Party Committee and the People's Government of Hainan province. As the host, Liu Cigui, Party chief of Hainan introduced the 30-year development of the Hainan Provincial Economic Zone. He invited the guests to participate in the construction of the Hainan pilot free trade zone and free trade port with Chinese characteristics; and jointly promote economic and trade exchanges and to build an important platform for Belt and Road media cooperation and exchanges.

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Liu Cigui, Party chief of Hainan, delivers a speech to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road


The Belt and Road Initiative has provided a Chinese solution to global cooperation, improvement of global economic governance, common prosperity and the construction of a community with a shared destiny for mankind, Ji Bingxuan, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said in a speech delivered during the opening ceremony of the forum.

Ji Bingxuan, the vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (NPC), speaks at the opening ceremony of the forum

Ji Bingxuan, the vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (NPC),
speaks at the opening ceremony of the forum


Ji called on media present to spread the Silk Road spirit of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation, and civilization, and to draw a delicate picture of the Belt and Road.

The Belt and Road cooperation is a Chinese scheme as well as a global public product, said Jiang Jianguo, deputy head of the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. He said media should give better play to its role in recording, participating in, and promoting Belt and Road construction.

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Jiang Jianguo, deputy head of the publicity department of the CPC Central Committee,
delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road

Li Baoshan, President of People’s Daily, said the co-construction of the Belt and Road had provided a platform and a necessary approach for global governance and economic globalization. The construction of the B&R focuses on economic development and doesn’t seek political goals; it is based on opening up and cooperation and is above protectionism, Li said.

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Li Baoshan, President of People’s Daily, speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road


B&R construction is dedicated to achieving mutually beneficial cooperation and win-win results, not zero-sum outcomes. Additionally, it upholds international rules and doesn’t start a new model, Li added.

Officials from Chinese ministries, various provinces, and heads of state-owned and private-owned companies also attended the opening ceremony of the forum.

During the forum, foreign media guests visited several cities of Hainan. "The ecological environment here is really good," said Alejandro Ramos, president of Notimex. He took photos in the Shamei Village of Qionghai City and wanted to know much more about the story and construction experience of the area.

Mohamed Zahar, president of the Tunisian weekly magazine 'Realites', said that Hainan not only has a beautiful ecological environment and a strong humanistic environment, but also has advanced medical tourism service concepts which have already in line with the advanced regions in the world in many aspects.

Benkhaled Abdelkrim, a writer and professor from Algeria, member of the Algerian branch of the Union of Arab Journalists and Writers, Friends and Allies of China, said that he has a systematic and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture, efficient agriculture, economy, urban development and tourism industry through his trip to Hainan.

Huang Kunming, head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who called for enhanced media cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road. Huang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with delegates of the forum in Beijing.

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Huang Kunming,head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee

met with forum delegates in Beijing


Huang said the Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping five years ago, has turned from a vision into a reality, and yielded fruitful results. He called on media organizations from related countries and regions to further intensify exchanges and cooperation, and spread good stories on the initiative.

Foreign representatives said the Belt and Road Initiative had scored remarkable achievements, adding that they were ready to enhance cooperation among media outlets to contribute more to the Belt and Road construction.


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