President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday.
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The ceaseless inflow of rivers makes the ocean deep.
As a Chinese saying goes, the ceaseless inflow of rivers makes the ocean deep. However, were such inflow to be cut, the ocean however big would eventually dry up.
Plants with strong roots grow well, and efforts with the right focus will ensure success.
"Plants with strong roots grow well, and efforts with the right focus will ensure success." The Belt and Road cooperation embraces the historical trend of economic globalization, responds to the call for improving the global governance system, and meets people’s longing for better lives.
Work closely together
I'm confident that as we work closely together, we will transcend geographical distance, and embark on a path of win-win cooperation.
Achieve intended goals as planned
We need to take a people-centered approach, give priority to poverty alleviation and job creation, to see that the joint pursuit of Belt and Road cooperation will deliver true benefits to the people of participating countries and contribute to their social and economic development. We also need to ensure that the commercial and fiscal sustainability of all projects, so that they will achieve intended goals as planned.
Everything should be done in a transparent way
We need to pursue open, green, and clean cooperation. The Belt and Road is not an exclusive club and aims to promote green development. We may launch green infrastructure projects, make green investments, and provide green financing to protect the earth which we all call home. In pursuing Belt and Road cooperation, everything should be done in a transparent way, and we should have zero tolerance for corruption.
Honoring a promise carries the weight of gold
We Chinese have a saying that honoring a promise carries the weight of gold.
A tower is built when soil and earth accumulate, and a river is formed when streams come together.
We need to be guided by the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. We need to act in the spirit of multilateralism, pursue cooperation through consultation, and keep all parties motivated. We may – by engaging in bilateral, trilateral and multilateral cooperation – fully tap into the strength of all participants. Just as a Chinese proverb goes, a tower is built when soil and earth accumulate, and a river is formed when streams come together.
Sow the seeds of cooperation, and harvest the fruits of development
Let us join hands to sow the seeds of cooperation, harvest the fruits of development, bring greater happiness to our people, and make our world a better place for all.