President Xi Jinping's keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Sunday earned wide praise from experts, international delegates and entrepreneurs.
"Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit," Xi told an audience of more than 1,500 from across the globe.
The Belt and Road Initiative is "a project of the century" that will benefit people across the world, he said.
Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of International Road Transportation Union
Excellent remarks. If you really listen to what he said, he was talking about the future, looking at all our global challenges we have today. And not only looking at the challenges, but moreover what are the solutions. And he, in a very eloquent, I'd even say in a very articulate way, demonstrated how by looking at the past we can figure out the future.
Basically, what he said is that in the past when all the cultures were interconnected, we had progress, we had prosperity, and the most importantly we had peace. And so the way in the past of the future through the Belt and Road Initiative is progress, prosperity and peace by interconnecting everyone. And by this, we have cultural advantages, trade advantages, and economic advantages. It really is the vision of the future of how this planet, not just China and Eurasia, but how this planet can progress.
Erik Solheim, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program
I was very impressed. President Xi is now the number one global leader, really spearheading the values we all believe in: free trade, peace, environment and development; and most important of all that we need to live together in harmony and coherence.
Sokol Dervishaj, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Albania
It's a very visionary, a very comprehensive speech. I fully support President Xi Jinping's vision of the future and prospect of this initiative. The initiative can bring a lot of elements together. It's not only about infrastructure development, but also about bringing people close together.
The project (initiative) will bring the world peace, stability and will definitely give a boost to economic development and prosperity. His (Xi) vision shows an integrated approach. It's not only an economic project; it will also bring cultures, nations and different religions closer. I strongly believe that it will make an important contribution to stability and prosperity worldwide.