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Community of shared responsibility March 16, 2018

Community of shared responsibility

Although the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by China, participation of other countries along the proposed routes and related countries is indispensable to its implementation. Divergent national interests and priorities, as well as unforeseen events, could present a serious challenge. Broad-based consultation is therefore essential. Only through joint efforts and shared responsibility can any threat to progress be neutralized. From this perspective it is agreed that responsibilities could vary depending on different levels of participation. The Chinese leadership has repeatedly affirmed that the Belt and Road is an undertaking shared by many, rather than being driven by China alone; and the process of creating such a network is a collaborative undertaking, rather than a solo performance by China. As a sponsor, China is ready and willing to act in good faith towards its partners, honor its commitments, and fulfill its responsibilities.