Xi Jinping met with foreign leaders attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is to be held on April 25-27 in Beijing. Leaders including heads of state and government from 37 countries will attend the forum's roundtable summit, as well as some 5,000 participants from more than 150 countries and 90 international organizations will attend the forum.

Xi holds talks with Nepalese president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in Beijing on Monday.

China highly values the development of bilateral relations, and supports Nepal's efforts in safeguarding national independence, sovereign and territorial integrity, and in exploring a development path suited to Nepal's own conditions, Xi said.

He expressed appreciation for Nepal's long-time firm support on issues related to China's core interests and major concerns, and Nepal's active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative.

China and Nepal should strengthen cooperation in infrastructure construction, and continue to advance the construction of cross-border economic cooperation zone, Xi said, adding that China is willing to continue to support Nepal's economic and social development.

Xi called on the two countries to intensify exchanges among legislative institutions, political parties, youth, think tanks and media, consolidate public support for China-Nepal friendship, and advance the friendly cooperative relations to a new level.

Bhandari said that China's prosperity and stability present opportunities to Nepal, and her country is willing to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with China in various fields.

She said that Nepal adheres to the one-China policy, and that Nepal will not allow any forces to engage in anti-China activities by using the territory of Nepal.

The two heads of state attended a ceremony for the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after the talks.

Xi holds talks with Portuguese president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Beijing on Monday.

China and Portugal should deepen all-round cooperation and develop a comprehensive strategic partnership featuring higher level, broader vision and greater vitality, Xi said.

He called on both sides to strengthen high-level exchanges, and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns based on mutual respect and mutual trust.

China regards Portugal as an important partner in the joint building of the Belt and Road, Xi said, adding that the two countries should deepen cooperation in fields including trade, investment, energy, infrastructure and electric vehicles.

He called for firm support for the multilateral trading system and advancing the building of an open world economy.

China is willing to work with Portugal in achieving more outcomes in the cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries including Portugal, Xi said.

Noting that Portugal firmly supports the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, Rebelo de Sousa said that his country is willing to deepen ties with China in economy, trade, investment, technology and culture, and expand third-party market cooperation.

Portugal supports deepening Europe-China cooperation, and stands ready to jointly uphold multilateralism and advance free trade, he said.

The two leaders attended a signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks.

Xi holds talks with Swiss Confederation president

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with Swiss Confederation President Ueli Maurer at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Swiss Confederation President Ueli Maurer at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday.

Since establishing diplomatic ties nearly 70 years ago, China and Switzerland have always kept bilateral relations at the forefront of China-European relations, Xi said.

He stressed that the innovative strategic partnership between the two countries is the first of its kind between China and a foreign country, and that the China-Switzerland free trade agreement also took the lead among European countries.

"We shall make the joint building of the Belt and Road a new highlight for China-Switzerland cooperation," Xi added.

China will continue to create an open and fair business environment for foreign-funded enterprises including Swiss companies, Xi said.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will vigorously promote the growth and prosperity of the global economy, Maurer said, adding that Switzerland supports the BRI and is dedicated to pushing the joint construction of the Belt and Road in Europe.

Switzerland hopes to deepen cooperation with China in trade, investment and innovation under the BRI framework, and welcomes the investment of Chinese enterprises, he said, stressing that no restrictions will be imposed on Chinese firms.

Xi and Maurer attended a ceremony for the signing of cooperation documents after their talks.

Xi meets Singaporean PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Beijing on Monday.

Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore, which presents a new opportunity for developing bilateral relations, Xi said.

By actively supporting and participating in jointly building the Belt and Road, Singapore has injected new momentum into the development of bilateral relations in the new era, and played an exemplary role in the high-quality and high-level joint building of the Belt and Road by participating countries, Xi added.

He called on both countries to maintain firm support for economic globalization and multilateralism, create greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, and promote economic integration in East Asia.

Lee said Singapore is willing to continue to be a partner of China's reform and development, and expects to see greater prosperity in China.

Proposing joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative reflects China's fulfillment of its due role in international affairs, he said.

Lee said Singapore is willing to continue deepening cooperation with China in areas including connectivity, investment, and finance under the Belt and Road framework, and jointly push forward regional economic integration and the development of ASEAN-China relations.

Xi meets Cambodian PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 29, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in Beijing on Monday.

Xi called on the two countries to implement an action plan for building a community with a shared future for China and Cambodia, and constantly enhance the strategic significance of the bilateral relations.

The two sides should deepen cooperation on jointly building the Belt and Road, and construct key projects such as special economic zones, airports and highways, Xi said, adding that China welcomes Cambodia to actively participate in the building of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.

Hun Sen said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has set an example for international development cooperation and Cambodia has benefited greatly from the initiative.

Cambodia is ready to work with China to implement the action plan for building a community with a shared future and promote practical cooperation in trade, investment and other areas under the framework of the BRI, said Hun Sen.

Xi meets first president of Kazakhstan

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in Beijing on Sunday.

Xi spoke highly of Nazarbayev's feat in the national independence and development of Kazakhstan as well as historic contribution to the establishment and development of China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership.

China firmly supports the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, social stability and economic development of Kazakhstan, Xi said.

As pioneers of the Belt and Road construction, the two countries should deepen the alignment of their development strategies, promote the facilitation of trade and investment, steadily advance capacity cooperation and strengthen connectivity, Xi said.

He also stressed the need to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges and enhance cooperation at sub-national level, on security issues and in international affairs.

"I am looking forward to establishing close working relations and friendship with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to achieve new progress on the bilateral relations," Xi said.

For his part, Nazarbayev said he would cherish his friendship with Xi forever, saying China is a highly trusted good partner of Kazakhstan.

Congratulating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Nazarbayev said no other country in the world has made so great achievements in such a short period of time.

China's development and the responsibility it shoulders have great significance on the world and humanity, Nazarbayev said.

"Kazakhstan will remain consistent and stable in its internal and foreign policies after my resignation," Nazarbayev said. "Kazakhstan will continue to firmly advance the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership."

Kazakhstan is ready to deepen its cooperation with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and supports China's important proposals in international affairs, and supports the joint crackdown on the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, Nazarbayev said.

On the same day, Xi awarded Nazarbayev the Friendship Medal of the People's Republic of China at a ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended the ceremony.

President Nazarbayev is "an old friend" and "a good friend" of the Chinese people, Xi said.

China-Kazakhstan cooperation has set a model of complementing advantages for win-win results and injected positive energy to the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi said.

He expressed hopes that the two countries join hands together to nurture a bright future for the bilateral ties while pursuing national rejuvenation and prosperity.

Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, read out the order of award.

Xi, in a solemn manner, awarded the medal to Nazarbayev. They shook hands cordially and hugged each other warmly amid applause from the audience.

Nazarbayev expressed thanks to Xi for awarding the medal to him, saying this is a "supreme honor."

The bilateral friendly relationship built on the basis of mutual respect and trust has become a model of relations among countries, Nazarbayev said. "There are no unresolved issues between the two countries."

He expressed hopes that the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC with Xi at the core would realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

Xi meets Pakistani prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Sunday.

"Pakistan is China's all-weather strategic cooperative partner. China and Pakistan are 'iron friends' and have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests," Xi said, adding that China takes Pakistan as a priority in its diplomacy.

No matter how international and regional situations change, China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity, choosing its own development path suited to its national conditions, combating terrorist and extremist forces, striving for a sound external security environment, and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs, Xi said.

Major progress has been made in bilateral cooperation in the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, finance, trade and other aspects, Xi said.

"In the next stage, China and Pakistan should make more efforts to advance the all-weather strategic cooperation," Xi said, calling on both sides to deepen high-level contacts and mutual support, strengthen strategic communication, and promote high-quality cooperation in production capacity, infrastructure construction, people's livelihood and trade within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has played an important role in Pakistan's economic development and the improvement of people's lives, Imran Khan said, believing more and more countries will support and participate in the cooperation under the BRI.

Pakistan is willing to consolidate its traditional friendship with China, deepen pragmatic cooperation, and enhance communication and coordination with China in multilateral affairs, said the prime minister.

The two sides also exchanged views on the situations in South Asia. Xi expressed the hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and promote the stabilization and improvement of Pakistan-India relations.

Xi meets Czech president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Czech President Milos Zeman at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday met with Czech President Milos Zeman in Beijing.

China is willing to work with the Czech Republic to elevate the bilateral strategic partnership to a new level by grasping the historic opportunity of jointly building the Belt and Road, Xi said.

He said China appreciates that President Zeman speaks up for the country on China-related issues, including calling for fair and equitable treatment to Chinese telecom businesses.

Xi expressed the hope that the Czech Republic can continue to play a constructive role in promoting China-Europe relations.

Zeman said that the Czech Republic is willing to actively participate in the joint building of the Belt and Road, noting that the country hopes to enhance cooperation with China in economy, trade and investment, and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

He said the Czech Republic supports deepening Europe-China relations.

The two leaders attended a signing ceremony after their meeting.

Xi meets Kyrgyz president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov in Beijing on Sunday.

Noting that China-Kyrgyzstan relations have maintained a stable and healthy momentum of development, Xi said the Chinese side is committed to developing all-round friendly cooperation with the Kyrgyz side and supports the domestic and foreign policies pursued by the Kyrgyz government to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and security.

Kyrgyzstan was one of the first countries to support and participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Xi said the two sides should strengthen the alignment of the BRI with Kyrgyzstan's 2040 National Sustainable Development Strategy.

The two sides should promote balanced development of trade, steadily advance industrial capacity cooperation, accelerate the implementation of key projects, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, comprehensively elevate security cooperation, and intensify the crackdown on the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism and cross-border organized crime, Xi said.

China fully supports Kyrgyzstan in hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek this year, Xi added.

Jeenbekov congratulated China on the successful hosting of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, saying that the outcome of this forum is of historic significance to the world.

Noting that China is Kyrgyzstan's staunch, reliable and good neighbor and strategic partner, Jeenbekov said the Kyrgyz side is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in economy, trade, investment, water conservancy, and transportation infrastructure construction, and work together to combat the "three forces."

Xi meets Djiboutian president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Beijing on Sunday.

China is willing to work with Djibouti to continuously promote the bilateral strategic partnership, Xi said, stressing the joint building of the Belt and Road and the implementation of the outcomes reached at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

China will continue to provide support for Djibouti's economic and social development, exchange experience on development, and encourage competitive Chinese enterprises to invest and expand businesses in Djibouti, he said.

Guelleh said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is unique and will promote international development cooperation, and make significant contributions to creating an interconnected and better world.

The groundless accusations by some people will not weaken Djibouti's confidence in the BRI and its trust in China, Guelleh noted.

After the meeting, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony of documents on bilateral cooperation including joint building of the Belt and Road.

Xi meets Italian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who attended the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

China highly commends Italy's signing of a memorandum of understanding with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, taking the lead among major Western countries, according to Xi.

The country is ready to work with Italy in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and make the bilateral relations a model of Belt and Road cooperation between China and European countries, Xi said.

Xi called on both sides to firmly grasp the strategic significance of the bilateral ties, step up coordination and collaboration in improving global governance system and safeguarding free trade and multilateralism, and forge a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation.

Conte said the speeches delivered by Xi at the forum helped the international community understand the significant benefits of the BRI for the world.

Italy is firmly committed to participating in the BRI, he said, adding that the initiative is a good opportunity for the world and more countries will join.

Italy welcomes Chinese companies to invest in the country, and will not adopt discriminatory policies against them, Conte said, calling on the two countries to reinforce solidarity and cooperation, and safeguard multilateralism.

Xi meets UN chief

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

China firmly upholds multilateralism, the international system with the UN at its core, and the international order based on international law, and promotes the building of a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi said.

The more complex and grim the situation is, the more important it is to manifest the authority and role of the UN, Xi said, adding that China will continue to support the UN.

Noting that the Chinese people not only pursue a good life for themselves, but also work for common interest and harmony of the world, Xi said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) embodies the idea of mutual benefit, and is in line with the UN's sustainable development concept.

Describing the UN as an important partner in promoting the BRI, Xi said that China is ready to work with the UN to advance the initiative in an all-round way while following the principle of delivering shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint contribution.

Guterres said President Xi's speech delivered at the forum on Friday morning is very important, as it elaborates the interrelationship between the BRI and global development agenda.

He spoke highly of China's major measures for further reform and opening up.

China firmly upholds multilateralism, and safeguards equity and justice, as well as the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the UN chief said, adding that China has played an important role in stabilizing, and brought certainty, confidence and hope to the world.

Calling on countries around the world to seize the opportunities brought about by the BRI cooperation and achieve win-win outcomes, Guterres said history will prove that China's development is not only an irresistible historical trend, but also a major contribution to human progress.

Xi meets Brunei's Sultan

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

"During the past two years, we successfully exchanged visits, and the bilateral relations have been upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership and made great strides," Xi said.

The two sides should step up the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Brunei's Wawasan 2035, a strategy for economic diversification, and implement key cooperation projects, he said.

They should also deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, agriculture and fisheries, and share experience in developing emerging industries such as digital economy and e-commerce, Xi said.

"To strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, I would like to join you in proclaiming 2020 the Year of Tourism Between China and Brunei," Xi said.

Efforts should also be made to align the BRI with the ASEAN connectivity master plan to promote regional connectivity and development, Xi said, adding that both countries should work closely together and support multilateralism.

Hassanal said China's further reform and opening-up and its commitment to upholding multilateral system will help promote world development and prosperity.

Brunei is ready to work with China to promote the synergy of Wawasan 2035 and the BRI, expand cooperation in various fields as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and inject more vitality into bilateral relations, Hassanal said.

Xi meets Greek prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is attending the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Xi said that Greece sets a model for European countries to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with China and joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges and mutual respect and trust with Greece, fully tap the value of profound historical and cultural heritage of the two countries, promote dialogue among civilizations, and strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs, Xi said.

China is also ready to strengthen the alignment of the BRI with Greece's strategy to build an important international logistics hub, Xi noted.

Tsipras described the BRI as a great proposal which reflects the wisdom of ancient Chinese philosophy and embodies deliberation on the future of the world, thus serving as a bridge between East and West and an opportunity for all countries to develop.

Greece has actively supported and participated in the BRI development from the very beginning because the country, like China with a long history of civilization, is able to understand the initiative from the perspective of history.

The Greek side is glad to take advantage of the BRI and the cooperation platform between China and central and eastern European countries to develop strategic relations with China, and support deepening cooperation between Europe and China, he added.

Xi meets Thai prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi said China and Thailand are close neighbors, and the joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) makes the already amicable bilateral relations even better.

The two countries should carry forward the traditional friendship and enhance high-level contacts, so as to guide the sound development of the bilateral ties, he said.

China will continue to support Thailand's efforts in maintaining domestic stability and promoting national development, and is willing to strengthen the alignment of the two countries' development strategies and advance high-quality BRI cooperation, to give a strong boost to the bilateral ties, Xi said.

China supports Thailand's role as the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, Xi said, adding that China is willing to deeply align the BRI with the ASEAN's connectivity plan.

Prayut spoke highly of China's achievements in fields including economic growth, poverty relief and environmental protection.

He said Thailand benefited greatly from the infrastructure and data connectivity since the inception of the BRI almost six years ago, adding that Thailand will continue to support and actively engage in the BRI cooperation.

Chinese, Russian presidents hold talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Xi said the relationship between China and Russia has become a major-country relationship featuring the highest degree of mutual trust, the highest level of coordination and the highest strategic value since the two countries established diplomatic ties 70 years ago.

"We should always regard each other as important development opportunities, support each other and draw on each other's strength to achieve revitalization together," he said.

Stressing that Russia is an important partner in the joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi said the alignment of the BRI with the Eurasian Economic Union is a model of regional economic cooperation.

The two sides should continue to promote cooperation in economy and trade, energy, science and technology, aerospace, connectivity, as well as cooperation at sub-national level and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, Xi said, adding that China will send a pair of giant pandas to Russia for joint research.

Xi also noted that China and Russia should enhance coordination in international affairs, jointly defend the authority of the United Nations and the UN Security Council, uphold the international law and universally recognized norms governing international relations, firmly promote multi-polarity and democracy of international relations, and uphold multilateralism.

The BRI, proposed by President Xi, has provided an important platform and set a successful example for expanding international cooperation, and won increasing support from the international community, Putin said, adding that the presence of so many state leaders and representatives at this forum is a proof.

On the occasion of celebrating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Russia is willing to enhance high-level contacts with China, and deepen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, such as doing well in exemplary major projects in energy and connectivity sectors, he said.

The two leaders also exchanged views on issues including the situation on the Korean Peninsula and Venezuela, and agreed to communicate and coordinate closely in international and regional affairs and multilateral institutions.

Also on Friday, President Xi attended a ceremony at which Tsinghua University awarded Putin an honorary doctorate.

Tsinghua University is a world-renowned university and the alma mater of President Xi, Putin said. "In the presence of my good friend President Xi Jinping, Tsinghua University conferred an honorary doctorate on me and held a grand ceremony. I feel honored and deeply touched."

"President Putin is a good friend and old friend of the Chinese people, and has made historic contributions to deepening political mutual trust between China and Russia and promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields," Xi said, extending congratulations to Putin.

Xi said he hopes young Chinese and Russian students will contribute to China-Russia friendship for generations to come.

Xi meets Papua New Guinean prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Recalling his state visit to PNG in November 2018, Xi said the relations between China and PNG is in the best period in history.

China highly appreciates PNG for prioritizing relations with China in its diplomacy and giving solid support to China on issues concerning China's core interests, he said.

China supports PNG in choosing a development path on its own that is in line with its national conditions, Xi said.

China is willing to work with PNG to strengthen coordination and cooperation under the multilateral framework, so as to enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, he said.

PNG is in a leading position among the Pacific island countries in jointly building the Belt and Road, Xi said, adding that China and PNG should further expand cooperation and set an example for the island countries in building the Belt and Road.

China has no self interest in the Pacific island countries, and does not seek the so-called "sphere of influence," Xi said, adding that China will always be a trustworthy friend and partner to these countries.

O'Neill expressed congratulations on the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, and on its achievement in economic development and poverty alleviation, which he said is also a contribution to the world peace and development.

O'Neill said President Xi's visit to PNG last year is historic. PNG adheres to the one-China policy, and is willing to enhance cooperation with China under the Belt and Road framework, he added.

Xi meets Indonesian vice president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi received a letter from Indonesian President Joko Widodo handed over by Kalla, and asked Kalla to convey his sincere greetings to the Indonesian president.

"I proposed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road during my visit to Indonesia," Xi said, adding that the two countries have made new progress in bilateral relations and achieved remarkable results in cooperation in various fields over the past few years by taking the Belt and Road Initiative as an opportunity.

Aligning the joint building of the Belt and Road and Indonesia's Global Maritime Axis is the overall framework of the bilateral cooperation in the new era, Xi said.

Both sides should identify key areas and directions for cooperation as soon as possible, and implement key projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway, he said.

"I have proposed to build a new model of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, with an aim to give a Chinese solution to the problems in today's world," Xi said.

That is in line with the "Ten Principles of Bandung Conference" jointly advocated by China and Indonesia 64 years ago, Xi said.

The two sides should communicate and coordinate closely, jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, and build a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi said.

Kalla said that Indonesia is an important partner in international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, and is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China in trade, investment, education and other fields.

Indonesia is willing to work with China to firmly uphold multilateralism, and jointly promote global and regional peace, stability and prosperity, Kalla said.

Xi meets Malaysian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi said China and Malaysia should take joint pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as an opportunity to create a bright future for the China-Malaysia relations.

The BRI will push forward China's all-round opening-up, which will bring about bigger opportunities for all countries in the world, especially for the neighboring countries, he said.

The two sides should strengthen planning, enlarge the cooperation platform and promote high-quality cooperation, Xi said, adding that the two joint industrial parks in Qinzhou, China and Kuantan, Malaysia should be well built into an important connecting point for the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, promoting connectivity and development of the two countries and the region.

He said the two sides should strengthen multilateral coordination, and improve and upgrade the China-ASEAN cooperation.

China supports Malaysia in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting next year, and promoting regional economic integration, economic globalization and the building of an open world economy, Xi said.

Mahathir said the BRI is a great initiative with huge potential, which will not only help deal with the infrastructure and transport bottlenecks that are impeding the development of different countries, but also address the problem of unbalanced development among countries and promote cultural dialogue and exchanges.

The international community should better know and understand the Belt and Road, which will be beneficial to the world, he said.

Malaysia supports the BRI and looks forward to accelerating its own development by jointly building the Belt and Road, he said, adding that Malaysia is willing to enhance cooperation in international and regional affairs with China and jointly push forward ASEAN-China relations.

Xi meets Egyptian president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

As Egypt is the rotating chair of the African Union, President Sisi's attendance at the forum not only reflected Egypt's sincere involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but also represented the common wish of African countries for win-win progress and common development, Xi said.

Xi called on the two sides to strengthen political mutual trust, and continue to support and coordinate with each other on issues involving respective core interests and major concerns.

While highlighting China's willingness to participate in the Suez Canal Corridor development plan, Xi also said that the two sides should deepen anti-terror and security cooperation and continue to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

China supports Africa's integration progress, and is willing to work with Egypt to jointly enhance infrastructure construction in Africa, Xi said.

Sisi said that Egypt is willing to learn from China's successful experience in development, align the country's development plan with the BRI, and deepen cooperation in a wide range of fields.

Egypt appreciates China's efforts in upholding justice in the Middle East issue, and hopes China will continue to play a constructive role, he said.

Xi meets UAE vice president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Noting that China regards the UAE as an important cooperative partner in building the Belt and Road (B&R), Xi said that the two sides should steadily advance pragmatic cooperation centering on energy cooperation, with investment and infrastructure development as the supplement and the high-tech sector as the growth point.

The two countries should deepen security cooperation, including combating terrorism and extremists, to jointly safeguard security and stability of the two countries and regions, he said, adding that China supports the UAE in hosting the World Expo next year, the first to be held in the Middle East.

The UAE attaches great importance to its relations with China from a strategic perspective, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also ruler of Dubai.

The Belt and Road Initiative will surely achieve great success and help B&R countries realize greater development, he said.

The UAE looks forward to deepening its traditional friendship with China, strengthening high-level exchanges and expanding cooperation in a wide range of fields, he said.


Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Noting that China and Belarus are all-weather friends, Xi said the China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership, featuring mutual trust and win-win cooperation, has been at a high level in recent years.

The two countries have made fruitful achievements in jointly building the Belt and Road, with the China-Belarus industrial park becoming a model project, he said, adding that the bilateral pragmatic cooperation has been elevated to a new level.

Xi said the two sides should put more efforts in aligning the Belt and Road Initiative with the development strategy of Belarus, jointly promote the industrial park construction, and continuously and pragmatically deepen their cooperation in economy and trade, investment, tourism and education, and at local levels.

Lukashenko expressed congratulations on the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, saying that Belarus has deep trust in China and will always be China's most trustworthy friend.

Belarus is willing to further strengthen mutual support with China, and the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation has become an important platform for like-minded countries to discuss cooperation, he said.

Belarus is a staunch supporter and participant of the Belt and Road cooperation, and is willing to maintain the demonstrative effect of the China-Belarus industrial park, so as to promote the jointly building of the Belt and Road in Eurasia, said Lukashenko.

The two leaders then witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents, and jointly unveiled the models of China-assisted stadium and natatorium in Belarus.

Xi meets Hungarian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Noting China and Hungary established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2017, Xi said that the bilateral relations have entered a new historical stage.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, and China looks forward to working with Hungary to push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height, Xi said.

The two countries should maintain high-level exchanges, enhance mutual respect and trust, step up practical cooperation and broaden people-to-people and cultural exchanges, he noted.

Xi called on the two sides to implement cooperation projects under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), such as the railway line between Hungary and Serbia.

He hopes that Hungary will play a greater role in promoting cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs).

The prime minister said Hungary's future largely depends on its relations with China and the country firmly believes that China will play a more active role in the complicated and ever-changing world.

The BRI is not a threat, but an opportunity, said Orban, adding that Hungary firmly supports the initiative and actively participates in Belt and Road construction.

Hungary is willing to promote the overall development of Europe-China relations through the China-CEEC cooperation platform, said Orban.

Xi meets Cypriot president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

China and Cyprus have set an example of equal treatment and mutually beneficial cooperation between big and small countries in the international community, Xi said.

The two sides should continue to support each other's core interests and major concerns and expand areas of bilateral cooperation, Xi said.

China is ready to deepen cooperation with Cyprus in port, maritime transportation and infrastructure construction, and discuss exploring third-party cooperation in the Mediterranean region, Xi noted, voicing the hope that the Cypriot side can continue to play an active role in promoting the development of China-Europe relations.

Anastasiades said the Cypriot side will adhere to the one-China policy and actively participate in the joint construction of the Belt and Road.

He said that Cyprus will continue to be an important partner of China in the European Union, and that he hopes China can support the United Nations peacekeeping force in continuing operations in Cyprus.

Xi meets Philippine president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi said bilateral relations had achieved positive turnaround, consolidation and elevation over the past three years, and had entered a new stage of development.

Facts have proven that maintaining good-neighborliness and friendship between China and the Philippines keeps abreast of the historical trend, conforms with the peoples' expectation, and is the only right option, Xi said.

"I would like to stand together with Mr. President, and continue to bring forward the bilateral relations along the right direction from a strategic and long-term perspective," he said.

Xi called on the two sides to adhere to the general direction toward good-neighborliness and friendship, create a grand framework of jointly pursuing common development, give play to the profound wisdom of properly handling differences, and grasp the general trend of global development.

China is willing to enhance the synergy of development strategies with the Philippines, create highlights of cooperation under the framework of jointly building the Belt and Road, and promote connectivity and development for China and the Philippines as well as for all countries in the region, he said.

The two countries should honor their promises, carry forward the spirit of partnership, maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, and strengthen maritime cooperation, Xi said.

China will continue to firmly support the just cause of the Philippine people in areas such as anti-narcotics and anti-terrorism, he said.

"China is a lasting and reliable friend of the Philippines," Duterte said, adding that the Philippines will stick to an independent foreign policy.

Duterte said he will work with President Xi to rise above disturbances and uphold firm conviction to make friendly cooperation prevail in bilateral relations.

The Philippines is willing to properly handle the maritime issues in order not to affect the development of bilateral relations, he said.

After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

Chinese, Mongolian presidents hold talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaa Battulga, who is here on a state visit to China and to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday held talks with his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaa Battulga, who is here on a state visit to China and to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

China will uphold the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness and continue to actively support Mongolia's economic development and improvement of people's livelihood, Xi said.

China and Mongolia should head towards the correct political direction, and make comprehensive plans to promote all-round cooperation as strategic partners of mutual respect and trust, cooperative partners of mutual benefit and reciprocity, friendly partners with frequent exchanges, and partners of mutual assistance at the multilateral level, he said.

The two sides should strengthen political guidance and strategic communication, maintain exchanges at the high level and in all fields, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns, Xi said.

The two sides should actively promote the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Mongolia's Development Road program, achieve more tangible progress in building the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor, strengthen exchanges in border areas and ports, and provide more convenience for trade and people-to-people exchanges, he said.

Xi also proposed to organize people-to-people and cultural events to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia this year.

It is Mongolia's firm and prior diplomatic policy to develop the long-term, good-neighborly, friendly, mutually-beneficial and cooperative partnership with China, Battulga said.

Mongolia firmly adheres to the one-China policy, Battulga said, adding that both Taiwan and Tibet are part of China, and the matters involving Taiwan and Tibet are China's internal affairs.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Mongolia is willing to work with China to map out the future direction and objectives of bilateral ties, he said.

Mongolia will promote the alignment of its Development Road program and the BRI and jointly advance the development of the Mongolia-China-Russia economic corridor with China, he said.

Battulga also noted that Mongolia appreciates China's important role in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and is willing to strengthen coordination with China in regional affairs.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents including a plan to align the BRI with the Development Road program.

Before the talks, Xi held a welcoming ceremony for Battulga.

Xi meets Vietnamese PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Noting that China and Vietnam are a community of shared future with strategic significance, Xi called for joint efforts in writing a new chapter in developing the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides should leverage the role of the exchange mechanism between the two ruling parties to learn from each other on party discipline and state governance, Xi said, adding that the two sides should also focus on the major task of aligning the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Vietnam's "Two Corridors and One Economic Circle" plan, and advance cooperation in key areas including infrastructure, production capacity and cross-border economic cooperation zones.

Xi called for broader people-to-people exchanges to pass on the friendship between the two countries to future generations, as well as actions from both sides to safeguard maritime peace and stability.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam and China are fraternal neighbors, and share the same Socialist cause and common development goals, adding that the Vietnamese side is ready to build greater synergy between the BRI and Vietnam's development plan.

Vietnam is willing to follow the consensus between the two sides, and work with China to properly manage the maritime issues, so as not to affect the overall development of the bilateral ties, he said.

Xi meets Uzbek president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi highlighted mutual trust and fast and unceasing development in China-Uzbekistan relations, saying China sees Uzbekistan as an important strategic partner.

China is willing to work with Uzbekistan to achieve common development and prosperity, and commit themselves to peace and stability in Central Asia, he added.

Uzbekistan was a key intersection of the ancient Silk Road in history, and now is an important participant of the Belt and Road construction, Xi said.

Xi suggested the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with the five priorities in Uzbekistan's development, and called for promoting the facilitation of trade, investment and transport, enhancing connectivity, expanding the cooperation in energy and new energy, and deepening people-to-people, subnational and security exchanges.

Mirziyoyev said Uzbekistan sees China as its true friend, and expressed gratitude to China's valuable support.

Uzbekistan fully supports jointly building the Belt and Road, and is willing to promote the synergy between the Central Asia region and the initiative, elevate the level of trade, investment and cross-border transport, and deepen security cooperation, he said.

Uzbekistan is firm in supporting the fight against terrorism, extremism and separatism, and is willing to maintain close communication and coordination with China on regional affairs, Mirziyoyev added.

Xi meets Kenyan president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

This was the third meeting between the two leaders in less than a year, which Xi said underscored the strategic and high-level relations between China and Kenya.

Xi said China appreciates Kenyatta's public refutation of groundless accusations on China-Kenya and China-Africa cooperation on many occasions.

China is willing to work with Kenya to maintain the good momentum of cooperation in various areas between the two countries as well as between China and Africa by jointly building the Belt and Road and by implementing the outcomes achieved at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, he said.

Efforts will be made to strengthen connectivity of their development strategies, leverage the economic and social benefits of major projects such as railways, and encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Kenya, according to Xi.

The two countries will maintain communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, he added.

Kenyatta expressed his warm congratulations on the great achievements the People's Republic of China has made since its founding 70 years ago, with over 700 million people lifted out of poverty in particular.

The Belt and Road Initiative enables different countries to build closer trade connections and partnerships, earning wide recognition from the international community and driving connectivity and industrialization for African countries, he said.

Kenya is willing to deepen cooperation with China on fields such as infrastructure development to promote the initiative further to the central and western African regions, according to Kenyatta.

Kenya appreciates China's important role in promoting the regional peace reconstruction in Africa, and hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with China on regional and multilateral affairs, he added.

The two presidents witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after the meeting.

Xi meets Serbian president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Serbia in 2016, bilateral cooperation in various fields has been advancing steadily, political mutual trust has been strengthened, and both sides have firmly supported each other's core interests, Xi said.

"Serbia is an important country in jointly building the Belt and Road, and the two sides should deepen mutually beneficial cooperation to better benefit the two peoples," Xi said.

Both sides should enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutual learning, improve people-to-people ties, strengthen international cooperation in multilateral fields, jointly uphold multilateralism, and promote world peace and development, Xi said.

Vucic expressed congratulations on the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, saying that China's development achievements provide Serbia with valuable reference.

Serbia firmly supports and actively participates in cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, which is bringing benefits to the people of Serbia and the rest of the world, Vucic said.

Major cooperation projects built with Chinese assistance have greatly promoted Serbia's economic development, he added.

As a staunch friend of China, Serbia will continue to maintain mutual understanding and support with China on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns, Vucic said.

After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

Xi meets special envoy of Japanese prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Toshihiro Nikai, Japanese prime minister's special envoy and secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Toshihiro Nikai, Japanese prime minister's special envoy and secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing.

Noting China-Japan relations are back on normal track and gaining positive momentum, Xi said the two sides should abide by the principles affirmed in the four China-Japan political documents, adhere to the general direction of peace and friendship, continue to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.

The two countries should implement their political consensus that "they never pose a threat to each other" and "they are cooperative partners supporting each other's peaceful development," and push bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields to a new level, Xi said.

The two sides should tap the potential for cooperation, Xi noted.

China welcomes Japan's continued and in-depth participation in China's reform and opening up, and hopes that Japan will play a more active role in jointly building the Belt and Road, Xi said.

The two sides should strengthen communication and coordination, jointly uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote the building of an open world economy, Xi said, adding that China supports Japan in hosting the G20 Osaka Summit.

As this year is the China-Japan Youth Exchange Promotion Year, Xi said the two sides should sow the seeds of friendship among the people of the two countries, especially among the youth, to promote people-to-people ties.

Nikai delivered a letter signed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Xi and said it is gratifying that Japan-China relations are back on track.

Nikai said he is deeply touched by President Xi's views on bilateral relations.

The Belt and Road Initiative put forward by Xi is a grand vision with great potential, Nikai said, adding that the Japanese side appreciates China's important contributions to the world and the region through this initiative.

As the special envoy of the prime minister to attend the BRF, Nikai said Japan is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in this regard and support extensive exchanges between various sectors of the two countries, especially among the youth.

Xi accepted Abe's letter and asked Nikai to convey his regards to Abe.

Xi meets Azerbaijani president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

Azerbaijan is an important cooperative partner of China in the Eurasian region and one of the first countries to respond to and actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi said.

China supports the development path chosen by the Azerbaijani people in accordance with their national conditions and the efforts of the Azerbaijani side to develop its economy and improve people's livelihood, he said.

China would like to work with Azerbaijan to take the BRI as an opportunity to align the development plans of the two sides, deepen cooperation in infrastructure construction and other areas, expand cultural, educational and local exchanges, and enhance mutual understanding and friendship, he said.

Azerbaijan regards China as a firm friend and partner and unreservedly supports China on issues concerning its core interests and major concerns, Aliyev said, adding that Azerbaijan has actively responded to and participated in the BRI since its inception.

The country is willing to build an international transport corridor across the Caspian Sea and promote regional connectivity by taking advantage of its unique geographic location, he said.

The Azerbaijani side is also willing to join hands with the Chinese side in cracking down on the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, he added.

Xi meets Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

Noting the profound "Paukphaw" (fraternal) friendship between China and Myanmar, Xi said China is willing to carry forward the traditional friendship of the two sides, increase mutually beneficial cooperation and push forward bilateral relations constantly.

In light of the celebrations next year that will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Myanmar diplomatic relationship, the two sides should actively conduct interactions at all levels and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and focus their pragmatic cooperation more on areas related to people's livelihood, so as to continuously consolidate public support for bilateral friendship, Xi said.

China supports Myanmar in developing its economy and improving people's livelihood, and appreciates the efforts of the Myanmar's government to advance domestic peace and reconciliation, Xi said.

China is willing to work with Myanmar to safeguard the security and stability in China-Myanmar border areas and ensure the safety and normal order of border residents, he said.

China highly appreciates the establishment of a steering committee by the Myanmar's government for implementation of tasks related to the Belt and Road Initiative, which is chaired by Aung San Suu Kyi, Xi said.

China is willing to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with Myanmar under the Belt and Road framework, and accelerate the development of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, so as to bring more concrete benefits to the two peoples, he said.

Noting that China is a close and friendly neighbor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi expressed gratitude to China's efforts to support the peace, stability and development of Myanmar.

Myanmar has supported the Belt and Road Initiative since the very beginning and has been active in expanding cooperation with China, and it believes joint construction of the initiative will lead to greater well-being in the world and the region, enhance Myanmar-China friendship and cooperation, and bring concrete benefits to the two peoples, she said.

Myanmar is willing to work with China to safeguard the security and stability in border areas, she said.

Myanmar appreciates China's position in upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China on multilateral affairs, she added.

Chinese, Chilean presidents hold talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera hold talks ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera held talks in Beijing on Wednesday ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

China and Chile should take joint pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative as a new opportunity to deepen political mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation, and push the China-Chile comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level, Xi said.

Xi said the two countries should promote the upgrading of bilateral trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation in areas such as mining, clean energy, telecommunication, e-commerce, technological innovation and Antarctic science.

Efforts should be made to better hold a series of celebrations next year that will mark the 50th anniversary of China-Chile diplomatic relations, and boost people-to-people ties, he said.

China supports Chile in hosting the UN climate change summit and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting this year, and will work with Chile to push forward the construction of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific and uphold multilateralism as well as the multilateral trading system, said Xi.

The nature of cooperation between China and Latin American and Caribbean countries is South-South cooperation, and the two sides should continue to support and help each other, complement each other with respective strengths, pursue win-win cooperation, so as to achieve common development and rejuvenation, and jointly forge a community with a shared future between China and Latin America, he said.

Pinera said Chile and China had achieved marked progress in bilateral relationship since the two countries established diplomatic ties.

Chile supports joint pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative to enhance connectivity among regions, Pinera said.

Chile hopes to learn from China's achievements in innovation-driven development and green development, and expand bilateral cooperation in such areas, he said.

Pinera also noted that Chile would enhance coordination and cooperation with China on regional and multilateral affairs, and continue to play an exemplary role in promoting relations between Latin America and China.

After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

Chinese president meets IMF chief

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who is here for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde ahead of the opening of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Xi said that China appreciates Lagarde's active efforts to promote cooperation between the IMF and China, and her support for international cooperation in jointly building the Belt and Road.

"China values its sound relations with the IMF and hopes to continue to deepen cooperation between our two sides," Xi said.

Now, more and more countries are participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, fully proving that the initiative meets the development needs of different countries and has won extensive support, he added.

"We welcome more active participation in the initiative by international institutions including the IMF, and are willing to provide better public goods to countries along the Belt and Road through the cooperation," Xi said.

Xi stressed that China consistently supports a strong and well-resourced IMF.

The country hopes the related quota and governance reforms will keep pace with the times, and reflect the representation and voice of emerging market countries in line with their status in world economy, Xi said.

Lagarde said the Belt and Road Initiative is an important manifestation of China's leadership in international affairs, and she spoke highly of China's leading role in supporting multilateralism.

The world needs China, and global economic growth cannot be achieved without China's sustained development, she said, adding that China's economic policies are prudent and effective.

The IMF attaches great importance to its cooperative partnership with China, appreciates China's long-term support, and is willing to provide help in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, Lagarde said.

Xi meets Ethiopian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who is here for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Wednesday ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

While stressing that Ethiopia is an important partner of China in Africa, Xi said both China and Ethiopia are developing countries that have relied on their own efforts to pioneer development paths that suited their own specific national conditions.

Xi said China supports Ethiopia's efforts in maintaining stability, developing economy and improving livelihood, and is willing to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges with Ethiopia, understand and support each other on issues involving respective core interests and major concerns.

He said China will advance bilateral cooperation of mutual benefits, help Ethiopia improve its abilities in industrialization and in earning foreign exchange through exports, and keep close communication and coordination with Ethiopia in international and regional affairs concerning climate change and the situation in the Horn of Africa.

Xi said China is willing to deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries by jointly building the Belt and Road and by implementing the results achieved at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, so as to better benefit the people of the two countries.

While hailing China is the most reliable friend and the most cherished partner of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali said Ethiopia will actively take part in the building of the Belt and Road.

He said China has always respected African countries and never imposed its own will on them, adding that African countries think highly of China's cooperation principles Xi put forward at the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and that they fully agree on advancing Belt and Road international cooperation under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.

Xi meets Mozambican president

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, who is here for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday ahead of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

Xi said leaders of different countries will discuss issues of common concern including synergy of development policies, connectivity of infrastructure and sustainable development under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits at the forum, so as to make greater contributions to promoting world economic growth and international economic cooperation.

Noting that China and Mozambique have agreed to jointly promote the Belt and Road (B&R) cooperation plan, Xi said the two sides should commit themselves to improving quality and efficiency of cooperation while enhancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation, so that the traditional friendship between the two countries can be inherited and carried forward.

Nyusi said the joint building of the B&R is conducive to world economic growth and balanced development, adding that it is also of great importance for Mozambique and Africa.

Mozambique congratulates the People's Republic of China on its 70th anniversary and is ready to deepen its strategic partnership with China, Nyusi said.

Mozambique is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in a wide range of fields and exchange experience in state governance, Nyusi noted.

The Mozambican side is also willing to play an active role in jointly building the B&R in the African subregion, he said.

After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents.

Editor: 曹家宁
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