CCTV News: On May 18, the State Council Information Office held a press conference to stabilize the basic foreign trade and foreign investment to promote high-quality business development. At the meeting, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan introduced that the “Belt and Road Initiative” proposed over the past six years, China and relevant countries have adhered to the principle of mutual consultation, joint construction and sharing, continued to deepen pragmatic cooperation, and promote the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” along the high quality The direction of development continues to advance and has achieved remarkable results. According to statistics, from 2013 to 2019, the cumulative total value of goods trade between China and the countries along the route exceeded US $ 7.8 trillion, direct investment in countries along the route exceeded US $ 110 billion, and the amount of newly signed contracted projects was close to US $ 800 billion. A large number of major projects and The industrial parks have come into effect one after another, effectively promoting mutual benefit, win-win and common development. The influence and appeal of the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” are constantly improving.
Wang Bingnan said that since the outbreak of the New Coronary Pneumonia, the impact on the world economy has been great, international trade and investment have been even more sluggish, and the economic and trade cooperation of the “Belt and Road” has also been affected. For example, some overseas projects have encountered some difficulties in personnel movement and material security, and the pressure for epidemic prevention and control is also great.
In the face of this complicated situation, China and the co-founding countries have watched each other and helped each other to work together to reduce the impact of the epidemic. At present, the “Belt and Road” economic and trade cooperation has generally remained stable. From January to April, the value of goods trade with countries along the route increased by 0.9% year-on-year in RMB, and direct investment in non-financial countries in countries along the route increased by 13.4 %. In the next step, the Ministry of Commerce will resolutely implement the decision-making arrangements of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, coordinate the promotion of epidemic prevention and control and the “Belt and Road” economic and trade cooperation, promote the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” high-quality development, and make new contributions to the construction of a community of human destiny. . We focus on doing work from four aspects:
The first is to strengthen the response to the epidemic. We will continue to pay close attention to the development of the international epidemic situation, track and understand the difficulties and problems faced by overseas enterprises and projects, and promptly study and issue targeted policy measures. At the same time, we have further strengthened communication and collaboration with the co-founding countries to form a joint force to jointly maintain the safety and stability of the international industrial chain and supply chain.
The second is to deepen trade cooperation. We will give full play to the role of open platforms such as China International Import Expo and Canton Fair Online, vigorously develop “Silk Road E-commerce”, promote the construction of large trade channels such as China-Europe trains, new land and sea channels, and build high-standard free trade zones with more countries. To promote trade liberalization and facilitation to a higher level.
The third is to enhance investment cooperation. In accordance with the requirements of the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” high-quality development, strive to build a batch of large projects with good comprehensive benefits and welcome all parties, implement a batch of assistance projects that help local economic development and people’s livelihood improvement, and deepen overseas economic and trade cooperation The construction of the district will carry out third-party market cooperation with more countries to continuously improve the level of foreign investment cooperation.
Fourth, tell the story of the “Belt and Road”. Last year, we dug deeply into the typical project of the “Belt and Road”, organized Chinese and foreign experts to co-create, edited and published the “Belt and Road” story from the book “Common Dreams”, and issued a 6-language version, through online and offline simultaneous promotion, in China There was a good response outside. This year, we will continue to edit and publish a series of stories, telling the lively stories of the “Belt and Road” and international cooperation in epidemic prevention, so that people around the world can better understand the significance of the concept of the community of human destiny, and better understand the “Belt and Road” , To jointly promote the “Belt and Road” to go deeper, to achieve stability and to go further.