【今日关注】B&R Initiative's impact on Middle East, Asia-Pacific

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一带一路如何影响中东与亚太地区?

The influence of Belt and Road Initiative on the Middle East and Asia-Pacifc regions


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Beijing holds security cooperation dialogue on Belt and Road Initiative


A security cooperation dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative has been held in Beijing.

Speaking to officials from more than 20 countries, Meng Jianzhu, head of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China, called on attendees to make full use of the dialogue to enhance exchanges of information and deepen security and law-enforcement cooperation

China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun called for stepping up cooperation in such areas as public security, anti-terrorism efforts, and protecting overseas interests.

He called on all sides to improve security cooperation for the Belt and Road Initiative.




Belt and Road initiative to enhance stability of Middle East


The Chinese Ambassador to Israel says the Belt and Road initiative can contribute to the development and stability of the Middle East.

During an interview with China Radio International, Ambassador Zhan Yongxin says the friendly ties between China and Israel are based on the solid public support.

He says the bilateral trade volume has increased from 50 million to 11.4 billion US dollars since the two sides established diplomatic ties.

"We have a strong manufacturing capacity, vast market and abundant funds, while Israel is known for innovation and entrepreneurship. So the two sides are highly complementary. Especially in recent years, China has put forward an innovation-driven strategy and pushed for innovative entrepreneurship. Through cooperation with Israel, I think mutually beneficial and win-win results can be obtained."

Now Chinese companies have made positive progress in infrastructure projects in Israel, including light rail and ports construction.

Zhan Yongxin further points out, the whole Middle East region can also benefit from the Belt and Road initiative.

"The initiative not only can allow China to provide high quality public goods to the international community but also serves as a model for how to achieve mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation in the era of globalization. Through extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, I believe this initiative can promote the long-term stability of the Middle East and facilitate interethnic harmony."

The Ambassador's comments come ahead of a high-level forum on the "Belt and Road" initiative, which will be hosted in Beijing later this month.




Q&A; with Australian expert on Belt and Road Initiative

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Anchor:

The upcoming Belt and Road Forum in Beijing is attracting heads of state or government from 28 countries around the world as well as more than a thousand experts in related fields. One of the experts will be Steve Howard, Secretary General of The Global Foundation in Australia.

As a global governance and infrastructure expert, Mr. Howard has 30 years of experience in his area of expertise and for the past 20 years, he has advised senior levels of the Chinese Government and related institutions, and has been instrumental in the conception and launching of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Prior to his departure to Beijing, CRI's Australia correspondent Qizhi earlier had a chat with Steve Howard for an Australian perspective of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Questions:

1. Could you please first tell us how would you view the Belt and Road Initiative?

2. The Australian government is still reluctant to commit to the Belt and Road, while local governments in northern Australia are more interested in integrating their Northern Development strategy with the Chinese initiative, what do you make up this?

3. What expectations do you have at the upcoming Beijing forum?

Back Anchor: 

That was Steve Howard, Secretary General of The Global Foundation in Australia talking to CRI's Qizhi.




Chongqing sets up 'Belt and Road' coffee trading platform


Anchor:

With the operation of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway, the mountainous city of Chongqing has seen the launch of China's largest trading center for coffee.

As CRI's Huang Shan reports, this railway has brought considerable economic benefits to both China and the countries along the route, since it started its operation in 2011 under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Reporter:

In the exhibition hall of the Chongqing coffee trading center, an appraiser is telling the visitors how to taste the aroma of fresh coffee beans.

Located in China's landlocked southwest, Chongqing has already become the country's largest e-commerce platform and the world's major distribution center for coffee, since the center opened in June 2016.

Chairman of the Chongqing Coffee Exchange, Feng Yue, explains that while Chongqing does not produce coffee beans, the center has handled some 5.3 billion yuan worth of coffee spot transactions in less than a year's time.

"With a total length of 11,000 kilometers, the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway runs directly from Chongqing to Duisburg in Germany. The journey only takes 13 days, which can save 30 days from the conventional water transportation, and its cost is four-fifth cheaper than that of air transportation. The coffee trading center in Chongqing closely links the major coffee producing areas, including Yunnan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, with the consumer market in Europe."

For businessmen, time is money. Coffee from Yunnan Province and Southeast Asia is processed in Chongqing Bonded Port Area and then transported to the European inland.

With the introduction of the 'One-Card Pass' system, declarations for the cargoes are only required once in Chongqing, instead of being submitted in each country along the way.

Feng Yue shares more advantages of the coffee trading center.

"Through business and trade clusters, the center can achieve the informatization of big data and then offer accurate market information to the traders. Moreover, the center can reduce the cost and risks of their transactions. Thirdly, since many transactions are taking place here, banks will also make sure to have a presence here, by providing financial services to both sides of the business. Traders are very optimistic about the settlement functions, in terms of the imports and exports of coffee."

The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway company has signed cooperation agreements with over 50 cross border e-commercial companies.

Nicola Sangiovanni, an expert advisor at an Italian food and beverages company, points out the importance of this policy.

"We hope that this new policy can help Europe to increase the train way because it's really economic and really fast. It is a very important point that I think the two different countries work with each other and using this type of policy can be a really good job for each other."

Besides coffee beans, now the cargoes on the return journey also include vehicles, daily necessities, food, fruits, meat and medical equipment.

For CRI, this is Huang Shan.




Belt and Road initiative brings China closer to ASEAN


Anchor:

Qinzhou, a port city in Guangxi province, is now playing a more important role in the Belt and Road initiative.

CRI's Min Rui has more.

Reporter:

The Qinzhou Free Trade Port in southwest China is now linking with 42 ports in ASEAN countries. Through the port, China is exporting farming machineries and equipment to Southeast Asia, in addition to importing goods from raw materials to passenger cars.

In 2016, 1.4 million containers passed through the Qinzhou port, up 60 percent year on year.

Fang Jianli, a deputy manager of the Qinzhou Port Group, says the container transport services have been developed significantly since the Belt and Road initiate was proposed.

"In 2012, we transported less than 500 thousand standard intermodal containers. And this year, our target is to transport 148 million tons of cargo, which is about 2.3 million units of standard containers. We are also actively integrating with the 'Belt and Road' initiative to become a big port for standard intermodal containers. "

In recent years, the rapid development of Qinzhou Free Trade Port had caught the attention of overseas firms.

Wang Wenyuan, a deputy director of the port area's administrative committee says several top shipping companies are hoping to launch new routes and logistic cooperation with the port.

"Among the world's top 20 shipping companies, 11 have expanded their business with our port and opened new container routes. As for the top four in the world, including Denmark's Maersk, France's CMA CGM Shipping, China's COSCO Shipping, Switzerland's MSC, all are working closely with us. As for Singapore, two companies, namely PSA International and PIL, are involved in the development of sixth berth in the port."

Industrial zones are also been built around the port area in recent years.

The China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park was jointly set up by both countries' governments. The zone features companies producing palm oil and rubber products as well as bird-nest products.

Gao Pu, a deputy director of the administration committee of the industrial park says this has provided lots of opportunities to Malaysian companies.

"The ongoing projects here include bird-nest production, to meet the needs of Malaysian companies, so we launched zones specific for bird-nest processing, covering some one hundred thousand square meters. As for this year, we'll launch a Halal food processing base, meeting the requirements of Malaysian firms on food standards. We are also in talks with the Malaysian side to launch a Malaysian town in the area."

Gao has also stressed that the industrial park has greatly enhanced trade between the two sides and has become a pioneer in building a China-ASEAN Free Trade Area in the future.

For CRI, I'm Min Rui.



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