China-CEECs Political Parties Dialogue to be held in Romania

Bucharest, Romania. [file photo]

The 2017 China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) Political Parties Dialogue will be convened in Bucharest, Romania, in mid-July.

Around 400 political party leaders and entrepreneurs from China and CEECs will gather and discuss issues related to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and explore further multilateral cooperation, especially after the Beijing Belt and Road Forum held in May.

The Dialogue, jointly held by the International Department of the Communist Party of China and Romania’s Social Democrat Party, is the second of its kind after it was first held in Budapest last year, within the China-CEECs cooperation mechanism, dubbed as the 16+1 framework. It has become a platform for political parties to discuss development strategies regardless of ideological and geographical differences.

Three panel discussions will be held at the Dialogue which will focus on young people’s responsibility in building Belt and Road Initiative, the Initiative’s interaction with local growth drivers and the China-CEECs cooperation fair.

Delegations from China’s six provinces including Hebei, Henan, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shaanxi and Hubei will also attend the Dialogue.

In addition, a photo exhibition themed the Belt and Road Initiative and a folk art show of Romania will be held in Bucharest on the sidelines of the Dialogue.

The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, known as the Belt and Road Initiative, was put forward by President Xi Jinping during visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in 2013.

Over the past years, the Belt and Road Initiative has become a new driver of the global economy and a new bond for exchanges between Asian and European civilizations.