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nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already
changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own c
ar-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea. And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperat
ion between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
t under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0 00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct
ions of Beijing — the national center of politic
s, culture, international communications and scient ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.
According to the municipal authority, the new econ
omy — industries with intensive innovation a nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.
President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod
gible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.
Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU
interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin
g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.