By Wang Fengjuan
On the afternoon of March 5, Wang Guoqing, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the spokesman for the fifth session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, met with a media delegation from Myanmar.
“I’m very glad to have you here in Beijing,” Wang said. “I was once a journalist as you are and I have worked for years in the field of media, dedicated to introducing China to the world.” His introduction to his career as a journalist brought him closer to the visitors from Myanmar media.
For most delegation members, it is their first time to China. After observing the opening meetings of the CPPCC and the National People’s Congress (NPC), they all greatly valued the opportunity to talk face-to-face with the CPPCC spokesman. Their questions mainly focused on the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s foreign policy and the future of Sino-Myanmar relations.
A New Chapter of Win-win Cooperation
When asked how Myanmar would benefit from the Belt and Road Initiative, Wang noted that the Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping is an open platform based on shared interests. Myanmar is a neighbor of China and a major country along the route. As long as Myanmar takes an active part in it, the Initiative will present great opportunities for its development. So far more than a hundred countries and international organizations have expressed their support to the Belt and Road Initiative. Over 40 countries have signed cooperation agreements with China under this framework and a large number of major projects have been launched. As the world’s second largest economy, China welcomes all countries along the Belt and Road aboard on this express train heading to joint development.
In 2016 alone, China’s direct investment in 53 countries along the route totaled US$14.53 billion, and the new contracts signed between Chinese enterprises and 61 countries was valued at US$126.03 billion.
The International Cooperation Summit Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative will be held this May in Beijing. Wang hoped that leaders of Myanmar could come to attend the meeting themed on regional development and promote further win-win cooperation.