Countries confirm BRI forum attendance

BEIJING: Representatives from more than 110 countries have confirmed their attendance at the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Tuesday.
The forum, to be held in Beijing in October, includes an opening ceremony and three high-level forums on connectivity, green development and digital economy, Mao said.
It will have six themed forums, which will focus on trade connectivity, people-to-people connectivity, think tank exchanges, clean Silk Road, subnational cooperation and maritime cooperation. A CEO conference will also be held during the forum. According to Mao, preparations for the forum are underway, and China will maintain communication with BRI partners over related work. Launched in Beijing in 2017, the forum is a high-level international event that focuses on BRI cooperation. The second forum was held in 2019.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of China putting forward the BRI, and statistics show that in the past decade, the initiative has galvanized investment worth nearly $1 trillion and established more than 3,000 cooperation projects. By the end of June, China had signed more than 200 BRI cooperation documents with 152 countries and 32 international organizations.
Earlier last week, China is prepared to offer disaster-relief to Libya and stands ready to help its people to overcome the difficulties and rebuild their homes, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Mao Ning said on Friday.
“The Chinese side is working around the clock to provide humanitarian assistance to Libya. We stand ready to help the Libyan people to overcome the difficulties and rebuild their home at an early date based on the needs on the ground,” she said at her regular press briefing held here at International Press Center (IPC). Mao Ning said that the Chinese side was closely following the devastating flooding triggered by Storm Daniel, which had caused heavy casualties and property losses in eastern Libya.
“President Xi Jinping has sent a message of condolence to Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohammad Al-Manfi, extending deep condolences over the loss of lives and sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured,” she added. President Xi also expressed his belief that the Libyan people would surely overcome the difficulties together and defeat the disaster, she added. –The Daily Mail-China Daily news exchange item