Media representatives from China, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and other countries praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at the 5th China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum held recently in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.
As an open and inclusive global initiative, the BRI has created a new type of international cooperation platform based on mutual benefit and win-win for all countries, said Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting.
CPEC, a flagship project under the BRI, has brought economic and social benefits to Pakistan and will maintain momentum and continue to benefit people from the two countries, said Pang Chunxue, minister counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan.
A Pakistani media professional at the forum noted that the CPEC has improved the business environment in Pakistan, eased its power supply crisis and supported the development of industrial production.
Under the BRI, Azerbaijan is becoming a significant international transportation hub connecting Asia and Europe, which suits its ambition to develop modern transportation infrastructure, said one media representative from Azerbaijan.
China, as an important trade partner to Sri Lanka, has supported the country with funds and technologies under the BRI and helped its economic development, according to the associate editor of the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.
First held in 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Media Forum has been held successfully for five consecutive years, which aims to deepen media exchanges between China and Pakistan.