Premier Li : China to hold second Belt and Road Forum in 2019
Updated 12:06, 05-Mar-2019
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China will hold the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation later this year and expand third-market cooperation.
The premier made the announcement in his annual government work report delivered to lawmakers at the opening meeting of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, underway in Beijing from March 5 to 15.
China this year will work on addressing problems in financial support, investment environment, risk management and security in relation to major infrastructure construction and industrial-capacity cooperation, according to a draft plan by the National Development and Reform Commission. 
The draft was submitted to the annual session of the NPC on Tuesday. 
The report said China will promote the Digital Silk Road and Silk Road E-Commerce across the world, and build high-quality platforms overseas, such as economic and trade cooperation zones and industrial-capacity cooperation parks.
China will also advance third-market cooperation and innovation cooperation with countries including France, Germany, Japan and Singapore, it noted. 
China will also push forward cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on creating a network of smart cities, it added.