Dr. Jasna Plevnik's opinion on the Belt and Road Initiative published with selected opinions of foreign state leaders and experts in China Daily


Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to Chinese media during an interview at UN headquarters in New York, May 8, 2017. [Photo by Wang Linyan/]


Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General

China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can be a very important instrument to meet the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Multilateralism is the solution to global problems. And China has been a strong pillar of multilateralism.

When we look at BRI, we see a very important contribution to this solidarity in addressing global problems with international cooperation, where China plays a very central role. So I'm very happy to have the chance to participate in this Belt and Road summit.


 Putin Xi

  President Xi Jinping meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tashkent, UZbekistand, on the sidelines of the Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO)summit on June 23,2016.(Photo/Xinhua) 




Vladimir Putin

Russian President

Belt and Road was an interesting initiative that had come at a good time, and all five EEU members had agreed to cooperate under the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Xi Lukashenko

President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during the signing of a treaty of friendship and cooperation and a joint statement on deepening cooperation after their talks in Minsk, capital of Belarus, May 10, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Alexander Lukashenko

Belarusian President

The Republic of Belarus will continue to strengthen its ties with China, as the country's Belt and Road Initiative is providing a new economic growth point for the world.

President Pavlopulous

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is seen at office in Athens, Greece, May 6, 2017. Prokopis Pavlopoulos extended best wishes for success to the upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which will take place in Beijing on May 14-15, in an exclusive statement with Xinhua in Athens. [Photo/Xinhua]

Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Greek President

This idea is based on the ancient Chinese philosophy, but also on the ancient Silk Road which is characterized by the spirit of peace and of mutual beneficial cooperation.

It substantially contributes to the development of infrastructure works, the promotion of trade, economic integration and the rapprochement between peoples and societies who are linked by land or sea, through the realization of this idea.

Doris Leuthard

Swiss President Doris Leuthard speaks during an interview with Xinhua in Bern, Switzerland, on Jan 12, 2017. She is expected to attend the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing on May 14-15. [Photo/Xinhua]

Doris Leuthard

Swiss President

The Belt and Road Initiative will strengthen well-being and contribute to poverty reduction in concerned regions. It will improve 'connectivity' between Europe and Asia, and help develop trade and the exchange of people.

Xi Zeman

President Xi Jinping meets with Czech President Milos Zeman at the Lany presidential chateau in central Bohemia, Czech Republic, March 28, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Milos Zeman

Czech President

I will attend the forum, and the topic I am most concerned with is the Belt and Road, the world's largest initiative for infrastructure construction.

I am glad to see that the Belt and Road Initiative, which connects China and Europe, also includes the Czech Republic.


Victor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (far right) visits Huawei's booth at the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest. [Photo/Xinhua]

Viktor Orban 

Hungarian Prime Minister

Hungary will remain open and actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 framework, constantly enriching the content of Sino-Hungarian ties.


Xi Mattarella

President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella before their talks in Beijing, Feb 22, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sergio Mattarella

Italian President

Italy will actively respond to China's initiative and be part of this plan. The two countries can join hands to write a new chapter in history.


Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives a joint interview with Chinese media in Manila, capital of Philippines, May 9, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President

The Philippines is expecting to deepen its knowledge of China's Belt and Road Initiative to further identify possible areas of cooperation between the two countries.

xi Rajaon

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a photo with Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar, and his wife in Beijing, March 27, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Hery Rajaonarimampianina

Madagascar President

Madagascar supports the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to beef up cooperation with China in energy, aviation, transportation, ports and airport construction.

Belgina deputy PM

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters reacts during an exclusive interview with Xinhua in Brussels, Belgium, April 19, 2017. [Photo/ Xinhua]

Kris Peeters

Belgian deputy prime minister

The success of China's Belt and Road Initiative hinges on the involvement of all stakeholders and Belgium is willing to team up with Beijing and other international partners to contribute to the initiative.

Mushahid Hussain

Photo taken on March 22, 2017 shows the Gwadar port area in Gwadar, Pakistan. [Photo/Xinhua]

Mushahid Hussain

Pakistani senator and chairman of the parliamentary committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has become a "flagship" of the China-led Belt and Road Initiative.

In fact the corridor is not just about Pakistan and China, it is also about the region. It is about connectivity, it is about corridors, it is about cooperation.


Elia Kaiyamo

Dr Elia G. Kaiyamo, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to China. [Photo by Zhao Manfeng/]

Dr Elia G. Kaiyamo

Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to China

Namibia fully supports efforts such as the link between China and other African countries to implement the Belt and Road Initiative.


Tarek Kabil

Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil speaks during an interview with Xinhua in Cairo, Egypt on May 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tarek Kabil

Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister

The future of economic relations between Egypt and China under the Belt and Road Initiative is promising and we urge further Chinese investments in Egypt to fasten the pace of Egyptian-Chinese economic integration.

Francis Gurry

World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry speaks in an interview with Xinhua in Geneva, Switzerland, May 3, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Francis Gurry

Director of World Intellectual Property Organisation

China's Belt and Road Initiative is expected to enhance greater international cooperation while fostering multilateral ties between participating countries.


Igor Runov

A photograph, titled Crescent Lake in Desert, taken by Luo Zanhai. [Photo/]

Igor Runov

Head of the International Road Transport Union (IRU)'s permanent delegation to the United Nations

The initiative combines many directions, from investments in infrastructure to people-to-people exchanges. It's really a comprehensive approach to re-establish Asia's Silk Road.


Sergei Luzyanin

Director of the Far Eastern Studies Institute under the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Belt and Road Initiative is directed against the narrow-minded protectionism, isolationism and attempts to sow discord between nations.

Rajat M Nag

Screenshot shows Rajat M. Nag in an interview with

Rajat M. Nag

Former Managing Director General of Asian Development Bank

I see the Belt and Road Initiative as part of a connectivity project for Asia, which is good and very much useful and needed. If we can improve physical connectivity within Asia and among the countries, it will enhance regional cooperation, improve greater trade, and make it easier for people move from one country to another.


Jasna Plevnik

The newly built "Silk Road Golden Bridge" in Beijing Olympic Park gets its lights tested on April 18, 2017, in preparation for the upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that will be held from May 14 to 15. [Photo/VCG]

Jasna Plevnik

Vice president of the Geoeconomic Forum, a renowned think tank of Croatia

To shape their (the southeast European countries) relation with China, not only serving as national but also regional, would help to access to new technologies, build new infrastructure and attract Chinese capital to the region which was featured as small markets and weak level of transport connections.


Marc Grossman

Aerial photo taken on May 6, 2017 shows the scenery of Yanqi Lake resort, the host place of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14-15, in Beijing.

Marc Grossman

Vice chairman of The Cohen Group and former US diplomat

The Belt and Road Initiative is a very positive project that helps boost sustainable economic development in the world, especially in ill-connected Asia.

This is a big vision on the part of the government of China.