Chinese Ambassador Qu Zhe Gives Lecture on Belt and Road Initiative at Tartu University

During the Chinese Week in Tartu, the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Qu Zhe gave a lecture on China’s Belt and Road Initiative at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of Tartu University on 25 April.

The Ambassador gave an overview on the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. He stressed the importance of the Initiative for countries to rise above the challenges in the sluggish world economy since the financial crisis in 2008. “The fragmented and exclusive international cooperation makes it difficult to integrate resources effectively. There is an urgent need of an open, inclusive and shared cooperation platform that brings all parties together to cope with global challenges today,” said the Ambassador. He said some important early results had been made since the Initiative was put forward. “Over the past three years, together with other countries and organizations, we have made some important early positive results. The Initiative has won support from over 100 countries and international organizations, with nearly 50 cooperation agreements signed between governments by 2016,” the Ambassador added. He informed the participants that the Chinese Government will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing next month, which will be the highest level forum under the Initiative. He told that 28 heads of state and government, officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and people from financial institutions and media from 110 countries as well as 89 principals and representatives from 61 international organizations confirmed their attendance. “All parties concerned will take the opportunity to create a more open and more efficient platform for international cooperation and to build a closer and stronger partnership network by following the principle of wide consultation, joint construction and shared benefits,” said the Ambassador. He confirmed that the Deputy Secretary General for Transport of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications will attend the high-level conference and one of the parallel panel discussions.

Mr. Qu talked about the cooperation between China and the EU on jointly build the Belt and Road. He said the EU and many European countries followed the Initiative closely and were interested in making synergy with their development plan. The Ambassador acknowledged the good relationship between China and Estonia. He overviewed the cooperation between China and Estonia in various fields and within the framework of the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries. He also talked about the recent visit to Estonia by the Chinese Vice Premier H.E. Mr. Zhang Gaoli, who met with the Estonian President and the Prime Minister and reached consensus on win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. Ambassador Qu shared his thoughts and observations in further promoting practical cooperation between China and Estonia in future.

Before the lecture, the Ambassador met with Head of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies and researchers in the department.

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