The High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation was held in Beijing on 18 June. President Xi Jinping sent a written message to the conference.
President Xi pointed out that the sudden attack of COVID-19 has posed a grave threat to the lives and health of people across the globe. It has dealt a heavy blow to the world economy and caused tough economic and social challenges to some countries, developing ones in particular. To contain the virus, countries have taken robust and effective measures specific to their national context. On top of that, many countries are striving to resume economic and social development. In China's case, the people and their lives have always been put front and center. China will do what it can and contribute its share to an early global victory against COVID-19 and to the recovery of the global economy.
President Xi noted that COVID-19 has made many things clear to mankind. For one thing, all nations have their destinies closely connected, and humanity is in fact a community with a shared future. Be it in taming the virus or in achieving economic recovery, humanity cannot succeed without solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism. The right approach to tackling global crises and realizing long-term development is through greater connectivity, openness and inclusiveness. This is where Belt and Road international cooperation can make a big difference.
President Xi underscored that China is committed to peaceful development and mutually beneficial cooperation. China will work with its partners to develop the Belt and Road into a model of cooperation for meeting challenges through unity, a model of health for protecting people's safety and well-being, a model of recovery for restoring economic and social activity, and a model of growth for unlocking development potential. High-quality Belt and Road cooperation among participating countries will contribute to a community with a shared future for mankind.
The conference was co-hosted by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the National Health Commission under the theme of "Belt and Road International Cooperation: Combating COVID-19 with Solidarity". It was attended by the foreign ministers or other ministers from 25 countries, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Administrator of the UN Development Programme Achim Steiner. The Joint Statement of the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation: Combating COVID-19 with Solidarity was issued after the conference.