What's new about the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation?
With only one day left for the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation, CGTN compares the key information of the second forum with the last one in 2017.
More world leaders – heads of state and government from 37 countries, the secretary-general of the UN and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund – will be attending the forum, far exceeding the number at the first forum.
As Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi put it at a press briefing last week, fruitful results have been yielded since the initiative was launched in 2013, as 126 countries and 29 international organizations have signed BRI agreements with China, and the second BRF was greatly welcomed worldwide with some 5,000 participants from more than 150 countries and 90 international organizations having confirmed their attendance.
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This year's forum will have 12 thematic forums, twice that during the first forum in 2017, and the CEO conference will be held for the first time. A joint communique will be released after the leaders' roundtable and other consensus reached during the forum will be issued in a report.