4th International Forum on Belt and Road Initiative and China-European Cooperation Held in Duisburg

[Source]    Confucius Institute Metropole Ruhr at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany [Time]    2018-10-30 17:47:03 

On October 11th, local time, the 4th International Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative and China-European Cooperation was co-organized in Duisburg by the Institute of East Asian Studies of University of Duisburg-Essen, Fudan Development Institute of Fudan University, and the Confucius Institute Metropole Ruhr at University of Duisburg-Essen.

In the three-day forum, government officials and experts from China, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan discussed their experiences on the initiative, China-European cooperation and the future opportunities and challenges confronted by all.

Volker Mosblech, Deputy Mayor of Duisburg, said in his opening speech that the Belt and Road Initiative has created huge potential for the economic development of Duisburg since its inception five years ago by closely connecting Duisburg with Asia and promoting close bilateral cooperation. They will pay high attention to development changes of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Volker Mosblech delivering a speech

Bolat Nussupov, Kazakh Ambassador to Germany, made a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. He said that the Initiative, bringing countries in Eurasia together, is of great significance to Kazakhstan, which sits at the very heart of the Eurasian continent and serves as a bridge connecting China and Europe. It is hoped that under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, China, the EU and Kazakhstan will maintain long-term strategic partnership while jointly promoting economic development.

Bolat Nussupov delivering a speech

Li Yuan, Chairman of the forum and professor at Institute of East Asian Studies of University of Duisburg-Essen, said in his speech that the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative has achieved rapid development in the past five years, igniting the enthusiasm of scholars from all over the world to carry out relevant researches. Duisburg also plays an increasingly important role in China's cooperation with Europe.

Li Yuan delivering a speech

The forum was divided into two parts. The first session was hosted by Astrid-Kuhmann, Special Adviser of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). Djoomart Otorbaev, former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Fridtjof Dunkel, officer of the German Federal Foreign Ministry, Zhang Jun, Dean of the School of Economics of Fudan University, and Zhao Suisheng, the professor of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Denver, discussed the political and cultural development of Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative over the past five years.

Guests engaging in discussion in the first session

Zhao Suisheng believed that the Belt and Road Initiative is a very good proposal for its concept of connecting people from different countries in various ways and promoting the win-win cooperation and common development among all countries in the world. Fridtjof Dunkel pointed out that China has not only made great achievements in the construction of its hardware facilities, but also helped a lot of developing countries in that aspect.

Guests discussing in the second session

The second session was presided over by Song Guoyou, Deputy Director for Center for American Studies, Fudan University. Jens Bastian, the member of the board of directors of the Southeast Europe Association, Ardian Hackaj, Director of development of Tirana Institute for Cooperation and Development, and Xavier Richet, professor of the University of Paris III, put forward their own views on the challenges and development opportunities faced by Eurasian economic and trade cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative and discussed with guests together.


In addition, this year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. In order to review the development and changes in China’s political economy during the past four decades, the participants also conducted a series of group discussions on China’s economy and politics, covering a variety of topics from the initiative itself, financial market, international trade to global value chains, ideological politics, and green and sustainable development.

Story by Yuan Pei, photo by Frank Preuß


Related News