On 13 October, Consul General Pan Xinchun was invited to deliver a speech on BRICS and China's Foreign Policy to the teachers and students at Heriot-Watt University.
In his speech, Consul General Pan introduced the development of the BRICS and the significance of the BRICS countries cooperation, both from historical process of the development of the five countries along with the global development and evolving international landscape. He said it has been ten years since the establishment of the mechanism with a framework covering wide-ranging area and multiple level cooperation as well as a number of cooperation projects in line with development strategies of the BRICS and in accordance to the interests of the peoples. The BRICS have turned into a key power in advancing world economic growth, promoting reform of global order and safeguarding international peace and stability.
Mr. Pan indicated this year marks the beginning of the second "Golden Decade" for the BRICS. Last month saw a successful Summit in China. Since this year, fruitful results of cooperation have been achieved. The five countries decided to deepen practical cooperation in three pillars including economy, politics and people-to-people & cultural engagement and put forward "BRICS Plus" pattern for cooperation.
Mr. Pan said against the backdrop of an era of global major development as well as profound transformation and change, China shoulders its responsibilities by building a community of shared future for mankind, making important contributions to the world peace and development. China will continue to pursue an opening-up strategy featuring mutual benefit and win-win and promote the development of The Belt and Road Initiative so as to share its development opportunities with other countries.
Mr. Pan also answered questions from the teachers and students regarding BRICS cultural cooperation, China's foreign policy of peace, China's policies on foreign aid and minorities as well as The Belt and Road Initiative.
Principal Professor Richard Williams and Assistant Principal Ruth Moir welcomed the Consul General before the speech and briefed him on the recent development of the University and its cooperation with China, saying the University looks forward to deepening educational exchanges with its Chinese counterparts.