On October 11, 2018, former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin was the guest speaker of France’s Superior Council of Notaries (Conseil Supérieur du Notariat) for a conference entitled “The New Silk Roads, the New Roads of Law”, which took place at the Chinese Cultural Center of Paris.
The New Silk Road Project is now completed. This summer, Charles Stevens and his fellows drove up to China on the new Silk Roads to better understand the Belt and Road Initiative.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is now officially open to all international investors. This is an invitation sent to Europe to participate in this major program that will transform Pakistan and South Asia.
On August 27, 2018, Greek and Chinese foreign ministers Nikos Kotzias and Wang Yi signed a memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation within the framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
Since 2015, Europort-Lorraine has planned to develop rail transportation from China. A test convoy had left Chengdu on July 13, 2018, but this line needs improvements.
On July 9, 2018, was inaugurated the first flight operated by XL Airways connecting Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport to Jinan in Shandong.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met the leaders of the European Union in Beijing for the annual EU-China summit on July 16, 2018.
Li Keqiang participated in the 7th 16 + 1 Framework Heads of State Summit held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 16 + 1 mechanism brings together China and sixteen states of Central and Eastern Europe and aims to strengthen relations between the two regions.
According to Romano Prodi, the “Belt and Road Initiative” is the most important project that China has offered to the world.
On June 8, 2018, a round table held in Kyiv, Ukraine, was dedicated to the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
This event, organized by the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, brought together about thirty experts on the issue of Sino-Ukrainian exchanges.