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Wang Yang Attends 2017 Euro-Asia Economic Forum and Delivers a Speech

On September 21, 2017, the 2017 Euro-Asia Economic Forum was convened in Xi’an. Vice Premier Wang Yang attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech.

Wang Yang pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping opens a new chapter for Eurasian countries to learn from one another and realize win-win cooperation. The Euro-Asia Economic Forum is a window for China’s opening up to the west and also an important platform for China and Eurasian countries to co-build the Belt and Road Initiative. China is willing to give full play to the function of the Forum, carry forward the Silk Road spirit, promote understanding between China and all Eurasian countries, strengthen mutual trust, expand cooperation, turn potential advantages into more practical cooperation achievements and strengthen the vitality of the regional economy, so as to benefit people of all countries.

Wang Yang stressed that it is an important task for China and Eurasian countries to implement the consensus reached at the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. China and Eurasian countries will further deepen policy coordination, reinforce the alignment of development strategies, improve policy coordination mechanism, and resolve all kinds of problems in cooperation through consultation. Both sides should further enhance facilities connectivity, so as to push forward the quaternity connectivity of land, ocean, sky and the Internet and break the bottleneck in economic and trade cooperation. We should further improve unimpeded trade, starting from the negotiation on trade facilitation agreement, in a bid to improve regional economic cooperation arrangements. The two sides should further expand financial integration. China encourages the policy-based financial institutes, the Silk Road Fund, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral financial institutes to increase financing support on regional cooperative programs. The people-to-people bonds should be facilitated and exchanges and cooperation in people-to-people and cultural fields should be also comprehensively expanded, so as to build a pattern featuring mutual tolerance among different civilizations and greater affinity and mutual understanding among all people.

Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Honorary Director of the Organizing Committee for Euro-Asia Economic Forum Chen Yuan attended the opening ceremony. During Wang Yang’s stay in Xi’an, he also met with Speaker of the Parliament Onsari Gharti Magar of Nepal and Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi of Afghanistan.

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