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BEIJING – The following is a set of numbers related to the international community’s broad support for the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative:
100 — On Jan. 18, 2017, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech, saying that the Belt and Road Initiative he put forward aims to achieve win-win and shared development.
Over 100 countries and international organization have supported the initiative, and a large number of early harvest projects have been launched, he said.
30/50 — Pakistan was the destination of Xi’s first overseas visit in 2015. His 30-minute speech at the Pakistani parliament on April 21 was interrupted more than 50 times by applause. The leaders of various political parties in Pakistan expressed their strong support for the Belt and Road Initiative.
1+4 — In a speech at the Pakistani parliament, Xi said: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a focal point of our joint efforts to achieve mutual development and we should use this economic corridor to drive our practical cooperation with focus on Gwadar Port, energy, infrastructure development and industrial cooperation.
The Belt and Road Initiative comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming to build trade and infrastructure networks along the ancient Silk Road routes connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond.