China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
Qiu Yanpeng (middle), deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press confer
ence for the upcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liber
ation Army Navy at the press center in Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ap
ril 20, 2019. About 200 journalists from home and abroad attended the press conference.Chinese Navy
will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in t
he sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shan
dong province, becoming the first foreign warship to arri
ve ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from
Monday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sympo
siums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will join the parade, Qiu said.
“Some vessels will make their debut for the first time,” Qiu added.
Altogether 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes will take part in the event, according to Qiu.
The vessels will sail in six groups, namely, those of submar
ines, destroyers, frigates, landing ships, auxiliary ships, and aircraft carrier.
The planes will fly in 10 echelons, showcasing aircraft for early warning, reconnaissance, anti-submarine patrol, as wel
l as bombers, fighters, carrier-based fighters, and carrier-based helicopters, Qiu said.
More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval even
ts marking the anniversary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destro
yers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, show
ing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.
Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.