Written Message from H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People's Republic of China To the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation

On June 18, the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation was held at Beijing. H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, sent a written message to the conference. The full text of the message is as follows:

The High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation is a highly important meeting that gives Belt and Road cooperation partners an opportunity to discuss a collective response to COVID-19, advance Belt and Road cooperation, and strengthen international solidarity and cooperation. My congratulations to the opening of the Conference.

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.

COVID-19 has made many things clear to us. 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, we 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.

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. Through high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, we will contribute to a community with a shared future for mankind.

I wish the Conference a full success!

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