More than 100 experts from over 20 countries and regions gathered at Fudan University on Sunday to share new ideas and new practices around the Belt and Road Initiative.
At the opening ceremony of the second International Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance, Jiao Yang, Party secretary of Fudan, said the university will develop its institute of the Belt and Road Initiative and global governance as a key think tank. It will continue to provide study programs for students from countries that are participants of the initiative.
Guo Yezhou, vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, said the initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping has won great support around the world in the past five years, and that it's attracted more than 100 countries to participate.
Zheng Bijian, former executive vice president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said that China-US trade frictions brought new challenges and opportunities to China, while the Belt and Road Initiative will push the world economy to a bigger market.
Vincent H. S. Lo, Chairman of Shui On Group and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said Shanghai and Hong Kong should build up cooperation platforms to tackle problems facing the Belt and Road Initiative.
He pointed out that Shanghai has the largest number of international enterprises among all China mainland cities, with plenty of capital and rich experiences in infrastructure construction, high-tech manufacturing and industrial park development.