Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held Monday in Beijing. A joint communique
was issued after the summit.
an English version of the joint communique:
Communique of the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation
1. We, President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, President
Mauricio Macri of the Republic of Argentina, President Alexander Lukashenko of the Republic of Belarus, President Michelle
Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile, President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, President Joko Widodo of the Republic
of Indonesia, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya,
President Almazbek Atambayev of the Kyrgyz Republic, President Bounnhang Vorachith of the Lao People's Democratic Republic,
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, President
Doris Leuthard of the Swiss Confederation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Tran Dai Quang of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Prime Minister Hun Sen of the
Kingdom of Cambodia, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Josaia
Voreqe Bainimarama of the Republic of Fiji, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the Hellenic Republic, Prime Minister Viktor
Orban of Hungary, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of the Italian Republic, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, Prime Minister
Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat of Mongolia, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo of the Republic of Poland, Prime Minister
and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic of the Republic of Serbia, President of the Government Mariano Rajoy Brey of the Kingdom
of Spain, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, attended the Leaders
Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on 15 May 2017 in Beijing. We also welcome the participation
of Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations, President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank Group, Managing Director
Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund. The Leaders Roundtable was chaired by President Xi Jinping of the People's
Republic of China.
2. We are mindful that the world economy is undergoing
profound changes, presenting both opportunities and challenges. This is an era of opportunity, where countries continue to
aspire for peace, development and cooperation. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the set of Sustainable
Development Goals at its core provides a new blueprint of international cooperation.
3. In this context, we welcome bilateral, triangular, regional and multilateral cooperation
where countries place emphasis on eradicating poverty, creating jobs, addressing the consequences of international financial
crises, promoting sustainable development, and advancing market-based industrial transformation and economic diversification.
We note with appreciation that various development strategies and connectivity cooperation initiatives have been put forward,
providing broad space for strengthening international cooperation.
4. We further recognize the challenges that the world economy faces. While it is currently experiencing
modest recovery, downside risks remain. The growth of global trade and investment remains tempered, and the rules-based multilateral
trading regime is yet to be strengthened. All countries, especially developing ones, still face common challenges of eradicating
poverty, promoting inclusive and sustained economic growth, and achieving sustainable development.
5. Noting that the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime
Silk Road (The Belt and Road Initiative) can create opportunities amidst challenges and changes, we welcome and support the
Belt and Road Initiative to enhance connectivity between Asia and Europe, which is also open to other regions such as Africa
and South America. By providing important opportunities for countries to deepen cooperation, it has achieved positive outcomes
and has future potential to deliver more benefits as an important international initiative.
6. We also emphasize the opportunities which can be created by communication
and coordination among other global, regional and national frameworks and initiatives for promoting cooperation in connectivity
and sustainable development, such as 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Agenda 2063 of the
African Union, Ancient Civilizations Forum, APEC Connectivity Blueprint, ASEAN Community Vision 2025, Asia-Europe Meeting
and its group on path-finder of connectivity, Caravanserai Customs Initiative, China and Central and Eastern European Countries
Cooperation, China-Europe Land-Sea Express Route, East-West Middle Corridor Initiative, EU-China Connectivity Platform, EU
Eastern Partnership, Eurasian partnership based on the principles of equality, openness and transparency, Initiative for the
Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America, Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, Main Directions for Economic
Development of the Eurasian Economic Union until 2030, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Trans-European Transport Networks,
Western Balkans 6 Connectivity Agenda, WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
7. We reaffirm our shared commitment to build open economy, ensure free and inclusive trade,
oppose all forms of protectionism including in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. We endeavor to promote a universal,
rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system with WTO at its core.
8. We stand for enhancing international cooperation including the Belt and
Road Initiative and various development strategies, by building closer collaboration partnerships, which include advancing
North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation.
9. We reiterate the importance of expanding economic growth, trade and investment based on level-playing field,
on market rules and on universally recognized international norms. We welcome the promotion of industrial cooperation, scientific
and technological innovation, and regional economic cooperation and integration so as to increase, inter alia, the integration
and participation of micro, small and medium enterprises in global value chains. Attention should be paid to tax and fiscal
policies, prioritizing growth and productive investment.
10. We stand for strengthening physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity among all countries.
The least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states and middle-income countries
deserve special attention to remove bottlenecks of development and achieve effective connectivity.
11. We endeavor to expand people-to-people exchanges, promote peace,
justice, social cohesion, inclusiveness, democracy, good governance, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and women
empowerment; work together to fight against corruption and bribery in all their forms; to be more responsive to all the needs
of those in vulnerable situations such as, children, persons with disabilities and older persons; and help improve global
economic governance, and ensure equal access by all to development opportunities and benefits.
12. We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including
through taking urgent action on climate change and encouraging all parties which have ratified it to fully implement the Paris
Agreement, managing the natural resources in an equitable and sustainable manner, conserving and sustainably using oceans
and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, mountains and drylands, protecting biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife,
combating desertification and land degradation so as to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions in a balanced
and integrated manner.
13. We encourage the
involvement of governments, international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and citizens in fostering
and promoting friendship, mutual understanding and trust.
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