Belt and Road initiative can help China create common community of human destiny: expert

China could build what it calls the common community of human destiny by strengthening the implementation of the Belt and Road initiative and acting as a major creator of the free trade rules, according to an expert.

At the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, emphasized the establishment of the common community of human destiny.

In an interview with on Thursday, Oh Ei Sun, an international affairs researcher at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, said that the Belt and Road initiative, which is the highlight of China's diplomatic efforts and focuses on trade and infrastructure connectivity, could support the construction of the common community of human destiny, due to the related countries' recognition.

With US President Donald Trump being inclined to adopt an isolationist policy as part of his "America First" strategy, China could grasp the opportunity to be the bellwether advocating free trade, Oh said.

The researcher also said that China could join hands with others to deal with the challenges of terrorism and pollution in efforts to build the new type of great power relationship.

Domestically, China's efforts to solve the contradiction between people's growing demand for a better life and unbalanced and inadequate development will play an exemplary role for other developing countries, Oh noted.

The main contradiction mentioned in Xi's report "reminds the developing countries of the equal importance of quality and quantity", according to Oh.

"In addition to increasing the traditional productivity level, (China) must make technological innovation and protect the environment at the same time to let people from all walks of life feel the sense of gain."

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