Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on December 18, 2018
Q: It is reported that the First Meeting of the Advisory Council of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing. Could you give us more details?
A: Regarding this issue, the Foreign Ministry has issued relevant information, including the list of the members of the Advisory Council. I would like to say a few more words about this.
First, the Advisory Council is a non-profit and international policy advisory body which is composed of international celebrities from all over the world, including former dignitaries, former heads of international organizations, prominent scholars and people from business communities. They join the Advisory Council in a personal capacity instead of representing any country or institution.
Second, the establishment of the Advisory Council aims to widely solicit opinions and suggestions from all relevant parties with the principle of seeking shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint contribution so as to provide intelligence support for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The whole process of its establishment is open, inclusive and transparent. We have picked the brains of all relevant parties and notified the foreign embassies in China of the relevant information. After getting the consent of all the Advisory Council members, we announced the name list. The operation model and the rules of procedure of the Advisory Council are decided by all its members through discussions.
Third, the First Meeting of the Advisory Council is very successful. The members reviewed the progress in jointly advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and spoke highly of the positive role of this initiative in enhancing connectivity of different countries and regions, promoting world economic growth, building an open world economy and implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. All the members support deepening and substantiating the Belt and Road Initiative and hope that the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will send out the positive signal of championing multilateralism, openness, development and win-win outcomes. They have also put forth constructive suggestions and proposals on macro-policy coordination, the development of practical projects and cooperation guarantee mechanism.