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Delegates: Belt and Road forum is fruitful

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Added On May 17, 2017

A two-day forum of world leaders ended on Monday with promises and high hopes that the Belt and Road Initiative will be the beginning of the building of a better world.
 
The initiative was first envisioned by Chinese government in 2013 to create a new platform for international cooperation. 
 
Nearly four years later, the plan came to a crucial juncture this past weekend at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held in Beijing.
 
STANDUP (ENGLISH): WU YUE, Xinhua Correspondent
"World leaders brainstormed the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative at a two-day event in Beijing with tight schedule. The forum is by far the most important meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative since it was proposed."
 
Figures show 68 countries and international organizations have signed cooperation deals with China to carry forward the Belt and Road. Many were inked during the forum.
 
But the progress did not just end there. The Chinese government said an outcome list of more than 270 items was formulated at the Leaders Roundtable of the forum, setting the way forward.
 
Major economies all sent representatives. 
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN, Former French Prime Minister
"So it ( the Belt and Road Initiative) is a very important project in a multiple world. Because it's going to give us a perspective of new possibility, better stability and also it's a global project, not only political, not only economical but also cultural, it's going to create bridges, create links between states and people."
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PETER SZIJJARTO, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
"We understand the Maritime Silk Road ends at the Piraeus Port of Greece, from there Chinese export goods have to be delivered somehow and on some way to the western ports of Europe, and the best would be if it happen through Hungary. That's why we teamed up with Serbia and we put together a common project to upgrade the railway line, to modernized a railway line, between Belgrade, the Serbian capital to Budapest the Hungarian capital."
 
Since 2013, the initiative has gone beyond vision and become a reality, delivering real benefits to countries along the routes.
 
From Mongolia to Malaysia, Thailand to Turkey, and Laos to Lithuania, many projects, including high-speed railways, bridges, ports, industrial parks, oil pipelines and power grids, are being built...and raising living standards for many along the routes.
 
The World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan and the International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer, who also attended the forum, gave the initiative the thumbs-up. 
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): MARGARET CHAN, WHO Director-General  
"I think this is a very important vision, because in a very complex world, in a very difficult world now, we do need to look at, how can we have a new approach to globalization, a new approach that can benefit everyone, and not just the rich people. A new approach that can promote international cooperation. A new approach that can promote inclusive development, an inclusive economic benefit." 
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PETER MAURER, ICRC President
"The success of the Belt and Road Initiative depends on import of many in depth project but also depend on the ability to build peace and stability. Without peace and stability it is difficult to imagine economic growth."