China is connecting hearts first, then roads

Facility connectivity has been a central focus of the Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 and represents the largest development initiative of its kind in recent years.

The ultimate goals of the BRI-which comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road-are to promote peaceful cooperation and common development around the world, where all countries can participate.

The initiative also aims to promote an efficient flow of materials and integration of markets to achieve diversified, balanced, mutually beneficial and sustainable development.

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