Pakistan emerges as leading partner of BRI: Survey


BEIJING: Pakistan has emerged as a leading partner of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), introduced by President Xi Jinping six years back, according to a survey released at a media and think tank exchange event held in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

The fast and smooth functioning of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) makes Pakistan’s role most prominent in the community of the nations. The CPEC is cited as a practical demonstration of BRI’s concept of shared destiny.

According to the survey, BRI has been gaining more recognition globally and will help support economic development across Asia and beyond, The 2019 “The Belt and Road” Media and Think Tank Exchange Event attracted mainstream media representatives and think tank experts from 17 countries, including Pakistan and India.

Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Foreign Affairs Committee represented Pakistan at the meeting. Addressing the meeting, he said that the media and think tanks have an important function in the international community communicating and avoiding conflicts.

“People are the best bridge to different cultures communicating,” he said. “An initiative is needed for cultures to learn from each other, and we need to promote the development of such an initiative.”

The report released during the event, titled “Leading a New Round of Global Opening up and Cooperation. The Belt and Road in the Eyes of the International Community”, found that the global community’s recognition of the initiative has been increasing each year.

China’s neighboring countries particularly Pakistan have the best understanding of it, according to the report. In a recent year’s survey in six ASEAN countries, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam 70 percent of respondents said they knew of the BRI.

In a survey, this year in 11 Asian countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and India’s 56 percent of respondents thought the BRI provides a new solution for global governance and a new mode for equal and win-win cooperation among countries.

The international community recognizes the BRI’s positive impacts on the development of their own countries, the report said.

Last year, in a survey in 21 countries, 53 percent of respondents recognized the BRI’s positive impact on regional and global economic development, and 74.7 percent of respondents from 11 Asian countries believed the BRI could bring more opportunities for their countries’ development.

Since the Belt and Road Initiative was launched in 2013, it has shown itself to be fruitful and has generated higher expectations from the international community.

In a 2018 survey in 17 countries, 72.5 percent of the respondents thought of the BRI as a global public product with bright prospects, and 69.3 percent wished their governments would further participate in the initiative.

In another survey this year in 11 Asian countries, 76.7 percent of the respondents found that the BRI could bring more development opportunities to Asia.

Gao Anming, deputy director of China International Publishing Group, said that the event provides new opportunities for communication and cooperation between Chinese and foreign media and think tanks.

Hu Hong, the vice-mayor of Nanjing, said that the Belt and Road Initiative can help promote mutual understanding and cooperation between China and other countries and that the media and think tank exchange event will help countries to deepen communication and enhance friendship.