BEIJING, May 16, 2017 -- Overseas experts and officials highly commented on the inspiration of the Belt and Road Initiative and a two-day forum in this regard that is to conclude here on Monday.
Characterized by extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, the Belt and Road links countries and regions that account for about 60 percent of the world's population and 30 percent of global economic output.
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William J. Carroll, president emeritus of U.S. Benedictine University, said, "Economic prosperity is the highway on which peace runs."
"There is an old saying that 'the tide raises all boats.' Through the initiatives outlined by Chinese President Xi Jinping, all nations involved will prosper and thereby be more attuned to a peaceful and flourishing co-existence," he said.
"I can only hope and trust that the U.S. will join this wonderful initiative. As China and the U.S. continue to grow in a mutually respectful and trusting relationship, U.S. participation in the initiative seems a natural and next step," he added.
According to Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, "many countries begin to turn inwards and introduce protectionism, but as a region that relies heavily on free trade, we need China to uphold free trade and push for the finalizing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership."
"I am confident that the agreements many of the participants will sign at the forum will set us on a strong footing for the next phase of this remarkable plan," said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in a signed article titling "Why Malaysia supports China's Belt and Road" published by the South China Morning Post on May 12.
Ahmed Sallam, former media consultant at the Egyptian embassy in Beijing, told Xinhua that Xi has proposed "a roadmap for the initiative, especially that he provided a comprehensive vision of what the initiative could achieve and how it could contribute to the world development in general."