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Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation July 11, 2019

Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

This is the highest-level international event organized under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. The main events include an opening ceremony, a Leaders Roundtable Summit and a high-level conference.

The first forum was organized by China in Beijing on May 14-15, 2017. A major diplomatic gathering in 2017, it was significant to international and regional cooperation. Twenty-nine foreign heads of state and government attended the forum along with the UN secretary-general and heads of two other international organizations, in addition to more than 1,500 representatives from over 130 countries. About 4,000 global journalists reported the event. Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the forum.

The major deliverables include more than 270 concrete results in five key areas – policy, infrastructure, trade, finance, and people-to-people connectivity.

Xi Jinping announced on May 15 at the Leaders Roundtable Summit that China would host the forum again in 2019.