Remarks by Ambassador Jiang Jiang at the Opening Ceremony of "Our Silk Road" Photo Exhibition

Dear guests,

Good evening. I am delighted to attend today’s photo exhibition “Our Silk Road”.

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected the people of Asia, Europe and Africa. Spanning thousands of miles and years, it was a bond of shared progress for all along the routes. The Silk Road has become a symbol of exchange and cooperation between East and West, and is cherished as a historical and cultural heritage for all humanity. For a period of time, the glory of the ancient Silk Road seemed to be fading away, but today in the 21st Century, the Belt and Road initiative has restored its vitality.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Over the past seven decades, China has developed from a poor country into the world’s second largest economy. The Chinese nation has stood up, become richer and grown stronger. Experience from the past 70 years, especially the past forty years since reform and opening-up, shows that openness leads to progress while seclusion leaves one behind. And the Belt and Road represents an important initiative that China has taken to further open up itself and share development opportunities with the world. Since its inception nearly six years ago, in line with the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all, the Belt and Road initiative has created a new form of international cooperation, injected new impetus to global growth and provided a new platform for fostering closer ties between countries. It has received positive response and extensive support from the international community. So far, more than 150 countries and international organizations have signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with China. There is growing synergy between the Belt and Road initiative and the development plans and policies of various parties, and a community of shared interests featuring openness, inclusiveness and mutual-learning is taking shape.

Today’s exhibition coincides with the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which is now being held in Beijing. The Forum is the top-level platform for international cooperation under the Belt and Road framework, and the theme for the ongoing Forum is “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. Nearly 5,000 foreign guests from more than 150 countries and 90 international organizations have attended the Forum. President Xi Jinping made a keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum this morning, calling for joint efforts to deliver a brighter future for Belt and Road cooperation. The Forum will go a long way in promoting high-quality development of the Belt and Road endeavor, providing new opportunities for global development and making new contributions to the well-being of people of all countries.

Malta is one of the first developed countries in Europe to carry out Belt and Road cooperation with China. Last November, the Hon. Prime Minister Muscat attended the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai, during which the two governments signed an MOU on Belt and Road cooperation, which constitutes a new blueprint for broader and deeper cooperation between our two countries. I’m pleased to inform you that among the participants attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is the Maltese Minister for Energy and Water Management Mr. Joe Mizzi, who signed a new cooperation agreement with China in Beijing yesterday. We attach great importance to Belt and Road cooperation between China and Malta. I believe that with joint efforts, we will see a growing number of cooperation projects between our two countries and deliver even more benefits to our two peoples.

Consisting of eight different categories, today’s exhibition showcases the natural beauty and cultural traditions of countries along the Silk Road. They include a photo taken by a Chinese photographer in Malta, and photos taken by a Maltese photographer in China. Through this exhibition, one can feel people’s aspirations for a better life. This common pursuit, shared among different countries and nations, is our driving force to jointly promote the Belt and Road initiative and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

I wish today’s exhibition a great success. Thank you.


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