it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but oriented toward the future. It focuses on Asia, Euro
pe and Africa, but is open to all partners. It spans different countries and regions, different stages of devel
opment, different historical traditions, different cultures and religions, and different customs and lifestyles. It is an
initiative for peaceful development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance. It is a proces
s of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a “China club”. It neither differentiates between countries b
y ideology nor plays the zero-sum game. Countries are welcome to join in the initiative if they so will.
The Belt and Road Initiative upholds the principles of extensive consult
ation, joint contribution, and shared benefits. It follows a Silk Road spirit featuring peace and c
ooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. It focuses on policy co
ordination, connectivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integrati
on, and closer people-to-people ties. It has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and the initiat
ive itself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community.