China’s Belt and Initiative (BRI) Initiative is an advanced plan with
an emphasis on linking Eurasian countries through a land-based road as
well as a maritime route. The ‘belt’ is the Silk Road Economic Belt and
contains the new growth of railroads and highways. The ‘road’ states the
plan to build new ports along maritime routes and the Maritime Silk
Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the initiative in September
2013 with continuation of opening-up policy under stage 3. The world is
undergoing intricate and profound deviations. The global economy is
improving gradually and global development is patchy. Many countries are
experiencing big challenges in pursuing development. All this makes it
imperious for countries to work together and improve collaboration on a
bigger scale with higher standards and in greater depth.
In September 2013, when President Xi visited Southeast Asia and
Central Asia, he projected an initiative of jointly building a Silk Road
Economic Belt and a Maritime Silk Road. The initiative is molded to
sustain the global free trade regime and the open world economy,
reinforce co-operation among countries along the Belt and Road, and
uphold common development and growth.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a unique type of co-operation
mechanism. China will track the doctrines of openness, collaboration,
synchronization, extensiveness, joint benefit and win-win collaboration.
The progress programs under the initiative outline are not limited, but
are open to all interested countries or parties, be it from areas along
the path or from other parts of the world. All countries can contribute
in the initiative willingly, contributing to and profiting from the
development of the Belt and Road.
Among Canadians especially the investors, economists and even the
layman with a keen interest in business and trade, there is a general
perception that as China and Canada are Pacific neighbors, the Belt and
Road Initiative means a lot of chances for Canada as well. In assessment
of the economic growth that has been fostered in China-Canada
cooperation in all fields over the years. Canada can generate its
advantages in resources and technology to strengthen cooperation with
Asian countries in specific areas such as industrial investment,
infrastructure development, energy resources, financing, human
resources, the green economy and advanced manufacturing.
meantime, China and Canada could cooperatively discover methods and
means to outspread the Belt and Road to North America. The two countries
should work together to form a China-Canada maritime energy corridor
and encourage interaction between each other’s development strategies,
jointly contributing to economic success in the Asia Pacific.
Discussions are now ongoing between the government of China’s
Guangdong province and the government of Canada’s British Columbia on
how to encourage the maritime and economic connectivity between the two
provinces and pursue collaboration between China’s Belt and Road
Initiative and Canada’s Pacific Gateway Strategy. This is a preliminary
step toward a pilot application of the Belt and Road Initiative at the
level of the provincial governments. Hopefully the two provinces’
efforts will harvest productive and constructive results.
There is a famous Chinese saying “Spring does not arrive with the
blossoming of a single flower. Only when one hundred flowers blossom,
spring permeates the orchard.”
While chasing growth and development, China is always optimistic that
its progress will advantage the rest of the world. It is in the same
spirit that China has launched the Belt and Road Initiative. I strongly
believe that the implementation of the initiative will bring about a new
landscape of mutual development and prosperity for this region and the
world because it’s all about providing a better future to the next