China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been subjected to a great deal of criticism and controversy from the very start. However, there are generally two types of criticism concerning the BRI - one largely driven by suspicions towards anything Chinese, and the other more constructive and intended to help improve practices involving BRI projects.
An old Chinese proverb goes, "Frequent shifts make a tree dead but a person prosperous." "Shifts" here are used to convey a sense of movement. How can people move from one place to another? It needs road, rail, air and water connectivity - an implication of multimodal transport. One of the objectives of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is connectivity - making people, funds and resources flow.
Although it started mostly through cooperation with emerging markets, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is evolving into what one expert called "a worldwide project," as several European countries including Russia, Italy and France applauded the program.
New Zealand government is willing to support New Zealand to play a bigger role in building links between China and South American countries, said New Zealand's Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker on Tuesday in Auckland addressing the Building the Southern Link Conference.
Dr. Wang Wen, Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY) and the Deputy Dean and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Silk Road School at Renmin University of China,was interviewed by Belt&Silkroad.com, a Indonesian website initiated by UCLG ASPAC to create a platform for communication and knowledge sharing among the people along the silk roads.
On the 27th afternoon, press conference as well as seminar of progress, challenges and practical schemes of the digitalized silk road hosted by RDCY was held in the cultural mansion. The relevant report was officially delivered on the conference. Executive dean of RDCY, Wang Wen, made an introductory speech and research fellow of the Financial and Monetary Institute of RUC, Liu Yushu made an illustration. Otherwise, RDCY also invited Director of Cyberspace Strategy Institute of China, Qin An; Head of Strategic Institute of State Development Bank, Wu Zhifeng; Deputy Dean of RDCY, Zhou Luohua; Senior Fellow of RDCY as well as professor of School of International Relations, Wang Yiwei, to carry out a discussion about the digitalized silk road. Assistant of RDCY as well as well as Director of Macro Research Department, Jia Jinjing, chaired this conference.