From 15 to 17 February 2019 was held the 55th Munich Security Conference. Over the years, this event has become a major meeting place for leaders from around the world who can discuss global issues related to security and defense.
During the first week of January 2019, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi inaugurated an African tour and traveled to Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal. Africa embraces the Belt and Road Initiative!
Nippon Express, one of the five largest logistics companies in the world, inaugurated its first journey from China to Europe on December 20, 2018. This first freight train is expected to connect Xian in China to Duisburg in Germany in just 18 days.
or the 15th anniversary of the global strategic partnership between China and the European Union, on December 18, 2018, China unveiled its latest policy paper on the European Union. This document addresses many points and calls for a strengthening of exchanges between the two powers.
On December 9, 2018, the Halogaland bridge was inaugurated near Narvik in Norway in the presence of Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Wang Min, Chinese Ambassador to Oslo. The construction of an Arctic route, connecting northern Europe with China, is an opportunity to develop its northernmost regions.
After attending the G20 summit in Buenos Aires and stopping in Panama, on his way home, President Xi Jinping visited Portugal on December 4, 2018. President Xi Jinping met with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and his Prime Minister. Lisbon has responded favorably to the China’s new Silk Roads’ program.
French adn Chinese foreign ministers, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Wang Yi, in a joint declaration, expressed their strongest political commitment to respect the Paris agreements on climate change and affirmed their support for the next COP24 to be held in Katowice.
Before heading to Buenos Aires for the G20 summit, the Chinese president made a stopover in Madrid for a three-day visit (27-29 November 2018). Xi Jinping met with the royal couple and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
On November 20 and 21, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an official visit to Manila and met with his counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. Philippines are now officially part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Australian state of Victoria in the BRI In October 2018, Australia’s Victoria state officially joined the BRI. Victoria’s prime minister Daniel Andrews and Cheng Jingye, the Chinese ambassador to Australia, signed a memorandum of understanding related to the BRI.