5月14日上午，“一带一路”国际合作高峰论坛（Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation）在北京开幕，国家主席习近平出席开幕式并发表了主旨演讲。
Over 2000 years ago, our ancestors, trekking across vast steppes and deserts, opened the transcontinental passage connecting Asia, Europe and Africa, known today as the Silk Road. Our ancestors, navigating rough seas, created sea routes linking the East with the West, namely, the maritime Silk Road.
Spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. The Silk Road spirit has become a great heritage of human civilization.
From the historical perspective, humankind has reached an age of great progress, great transformation and profound changes.
In terms of reality, we find ourselves in a world fraught with challenges. Deficit in peace, development and governance poses a daunting challenge to mankind. This is the issue that has always been on my mind.
These four years have seen deepened policy connectivity, enhanced infrastructure connectivity, increased trade connectivity, expanded financial connectivity, strengthened people-to-people connectivity.
Over 100 countries and international organizations have supported and got involved in this initiative.
We should build the Belt and Road into a road for peace, a road of prosperity, a road of opening up, a road of innovation.
Total trade between China and other Belt and Road countries in 2014-2016 has exceeded US$3 trillion, and China’s investment in these countries has surpassed US$50 billion.
Chinese companies have set up 56 economic cooperation zones in over 20 countries, generating some US$1.1 billion of tax revenue and 180,000 jobs for them.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has provided US$1.7 billion of loans for 9 projects in Belt and Road participating countries. The Silk Road Fund has made US$4 billion of investment.
China will scale up financing support for the Belt and Road Initiative by contributing an additional RMB 100 billion to the Silk Road Fund.
The China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China will set up special lending schemes respectively worth RMB 250 billion equivalent and RMB 130 billion equivalent to support Belt and Road cooperation on infrastructure, industrial capacity and financing.
During this forum, China will sign business and trade cooperation agreements with over 30 countries and enter into consultation on free trade agreements with related countries.
In the coming five years, we will other 2,500 short-term research visits to China for young foreign scientists, train 5,000 foreign scientists, engineers and managers, and set up 50 joint laboratories.
These pioneers won their place in history not as conquerors with warships, guns or swords. Rather, they are remembered as friendly emissaries leading camel caravans and sailing treasure-loaded ships.
This part of history shows that civilization thrives with openness and nations prosper through exchange.
The ancient silk routes witnessed the bustling scenes of visits and trade over land and ships calling at ports. Along these major arteries of interaction, capital, technology and people flowed freely, and goods, resources and benefits were widely shared.
History is our best teacher.
Development holds the master key to solving all problems.
Opening up brings progress while isolation results in backwardness. For a country, opening up is like the struggle of a chrysalis breaking free from its cacoon. There will be short-term pains, but such pains will create a new life.
In pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative, we should ensure that when it comes to different civilizations, exchange will replace estrangement, mutual learning will replace clashes, and coexistence will replace a sense of superiority. This will boost mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual trust among different countries.
The pursuit of this initiative is based on extensive consultation and its benefits will be shared by us all.
In this lovely season of early Summer when every living thing is full of energy.
This is indeed a gathering of great minds.
Peaches and plums do not speak, but they are so attractive that a path is formed below the trees.
The bustling scenes of visits and trade over land and ships calling at ports.
Building roads and railways creates prosperity in all sectors.
Friendship, which derives from close contact between the people, holds the key to sound state-to-state relations.
The beginning is the most difficult part.
A long journey can be covered only by taking one step at a time.
The Pyramid was built by piling one stone on another.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.