China's Belt and Road forum ends, next in 2019

"Rising nationalism has made Indian public opinion extremely sensitive on China-related issues", the editorial describes India's current situation regarding relations with the neighbouring state.

"The Belt and Road initiative is for regional peace and prosperity".

India gave the two-day mega Belt and Road conference a miss, raising objection to the CPEC corridor which passes through Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir that New Delhi claims as its own.

"Based on the principle of mutual benefit we need to identify, to the maximum extent possible, the positive effects of the tax system and limit its negative impact", Wang Jun said and emphasized the need to continue strengthening the neutrality and transparency of the tax system and avoiding the obstacles in cross-border trade.

The Chinese stance and proposition delivered by Xi were praised by the delegates and the worldwide community, Zhong said, adding that the newly-launched initiative on trade connectivity was also seen as a step to pool wide consensus, deepen economic and trade cooperation and push forward the Belt and Road construction with joint efforts.

"The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as part of the Belt and Road is not about conflicts with various countries and will not affect China's position on Kashmir issue", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

While attending the forum, Suu Kyi met separately with prime ministers from Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Poland and Mongolia.

Major global and multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations, World Health Organisation, World Intellectual Property Organisation, Interpol and World Economic Forum, were also involved in discussions regarding the Belt and Road Initiative.

Jinping on Sunday also pledged $124 billion for the initiative, which aims to bolster China's global leadership ambitions by building infrastructure and trade links between Asia, Africa, and Europe and beyond.

China has signed Belt and Road-related agreements with 68 countries and worldwide organisations. The US has much to offer, and as part of a trade deal (paywall) with China announced last week, the Trump administration agreed to send one of its top Asia experts, Matthew Pottinger, a National Security Council official, to a two-day OBOR summit just completed in Beijing.

"This is why the initiative is so closely linked to the United Nations program of action aimed at achieving stable development and lasting peace", Guterres said in an interview with CGTN channel.

The meeting included Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and presidents or prime ministers from Italy, Hungary, Greece, Kenya and most of China's Asian neighbours but no major Western leaders.

A high-level European Union diplomat, who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity, said that for Europe, the Belt and Road initiative can only be a success if it's based on transparency and co-ownership.

He said that OBOR is aimed at galvanizing global cooperation and is open to all.

The Pakistan Prime Minister will attend the inaugural session of the One Belt One Road Summit, a plenary meeting of high-level dialogue and the state banquet.

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