Policy coordination essential for 'Belt and Road'

By Zhao Kejin
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Different countries have different conditions and live by different social institutions due to the differences in history, traditions and cultures. This is true of countries along the "Belt and Road" initiatives too, due to their different development patterns. These differences are increasingly becoming obstacles in their own growth in addition to diplomatic relations, since the current wave of globalization and regionalization is thrusting all countries onto the same stage.

Communication of blueprints is important in connectivity

The Chinese government has been endeavoring to enhance connectivity with countries along the "Belt and Road" to solve the so-called "institutional excess" in the region, since the initiatives were proposed.

Boosting communication and connectivity is a constructive method for integrating various cooperation mechanisms in Asia and Europe. As for enhancing connectivity, the Chinese government places the communication of policies at a primary position since it will safeguard the shaping of the "Belt and Road."

Since 2013, Chinese leaders headed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang paid frequent visits to countries along the "Belt and Road," during which they promoted the cooperation initiatives to the governments and people of those nations and received positive responses from them.

President Xi's visits to Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus enhanced China' connectivity with these countries and helped the different sides to understand each other's development plans. Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary are expected to be the Chinese president's next destinations, to carry forward the initiatives further into Europe.

To revive the old Silk Road civilization and reopen the land bridge between the east and the west, the priority is to boost the connectivity among these countries before reaching a consensus on peace, development, cooperation and consequent win-win outcomes.

The purpose of stressing the compatibility of each other's development blueprints is to seek an orderly free flow of economic elements at a higher level as well as highly efficient allocation of resources and the market merges, and to shape a peaceful and prosperous Asia and Europe in the long run. This is why President Xi paid three visits to Russia, two visits to Kazakhstan in addition to a trip along the "Belt and Road" countries.

Communication of blueprints seeks to expand common interest

A country's blueprints and path for development are its internal affairs that concern the country's vital interest. They are highly sensitive issues and prone to attract conflict. For example, a country has the liberty to choose its own social institutions and path of development, which other countries should not interfere with. Bearing this in mind, China should adhere to its bottom line of sovereignty when promoting the "Belt and Road" initiatives, seek common ground while preserving differences, and coexist in peace with others.

First, it should expand common ground where common interests are likely to merge. Although countries along the "Belt and Road" have different development patterns, most of them are developing countries and have a common desire to maintain sustainable and rapid growth. Some of the European countries in the "Belt" area are still affected by the debt crisis and are under heavy pressure to recover.

Second, China should pay attention to the establishment of a mechanism to protect other countries' core interests, because enhancing connectivity will inevitably touch upon the vested interests of these countries, which in turn, triggers domestic debates. If they are dealt with improperly, China will get stuck in those countries' internal political struggles.

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