In his new year address, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that China would pursue the realization of the new Silk Roads.
China will continue to play a major role in international affairs by supporting United Nations decisions and respecting its international obligations, particularly regarding climate change. Through his speech, President Xi Jinping presented himself as a guarantor of world security and insisted on China’s openness to the world.
By mentioning the “Belt and Road” initiative in his new year address, President Xi Jinping makes this program a key initiative for 2018.
2017 was a pivotal year for the new Silk Roads, and all foreign officials understood the importance of this project by noticing the first achievements of the BRI.
In Europe, we have seen the increase of rail freight from China. But these are just the first results of this initiative, others will follow.
It is now important for European leaders to set up their own strategy regarding the BRI and to fully cooperate with Beijing to develop this ambitious project and continue to defend an open world.