On April 13, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the 12th promotion event presenting Chinese provinces under the theme of “China in the New Era: Global Partnership, Wonderful Henan” at the Blue Hall of the Ministry. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the event and delivered a speech. Secretary of Henan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China Wang Guosheng addressed the event, and Governor of the People’s Government of Henan Province Chen Runer gave the presentation. More than 500 people including Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng, diplomatic envoys in China from over 150 countries, representatives from international organizations in China, delegates from industrial and commercial sectors, Chinese and foreign experts, scholars as well as journalists attended the event.
Wang Yi said that Henan is a very important province in China. In history, Henan has been the important birthplace of Chinese civilization. The diversified cultures of the Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern China gathered in Henan, forming the fine tradition of harmony and co-existence. It is rooted in these time-honored inheritance that President Xi Jinping put forward the important idea of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Wang Yi said that Henan in the new era is a successful epitome of China’s reform and opening up. In recent years, relying on opening up and connectivity, Henan has formed a “four-in-one” logistics channel system of sea, land, air, and network, becoming an important transfer station at the junction of the “Belt and Road”. Henan has established trade connections with over 200 countries and regions in the world, and 127 Fortune Global 500 companies have settled down in Henan. With the comprehensive advancement of the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, Henan will be more closely connected with the world, thus achieving mutual benefit and win-win results at higher levels.
Wang Yi stressed that a few days ago, President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018, during which he interpreted the new era of China’s development, proposed new propositions of creating the future together, announced new measures to expand opening up, and demonstrated the new prospects of China’s reform and opening up, delivering China’s firm belief of win-win cooperation with the world. Wang Yi believed that riding on the spring wind of a new round of reform and opening up and relying on the construction of the “Belt and Road”, Henan will build a new pattern of all-round opening up so as to create more opportunities and bring more highlights for advancing cooperation between China and foreign countries.
Wang Guosheng said that Henan is an important birthplace of the Chinese nation and civilization, and has profound historical background and cultural confidence. Henan enjoys superior regional advantages, complete industrial systems, abundant human resources and huge potential for development. Taking the 40th anniversary of commemorating reform and opening up as an opportunity, Henan will fully integrate into the construction of the “Belt and Road”, seize new opportunities of opening up, increase and create new advantages for development, and further deepen cooperation in such areas as industry, economy, trade, education, culture, tourism and talents with various countries in the world for mutual benefit and win-win results as well as mutual learning. Chen Runer presented Henan from three “silk roads” linking Henan and the world, namely, the Silk Road, the Air Silk Road and the Online Silk Road which respectively take China-Europe freight train, Zhengzhou-Luxembourg air route and cross-border e-commerce as main support. People from all walks of life at home and abroad are welcome to experience Henan’s development vitality by themselves.
Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov, Ambassador of Luxembourg to China Marc Hübsch, Ethiopian Ambassador to China Berhane Gebre-Christos and Chilean Ambassador to China Jaime Chomalí Garib delivered speeches successively. They spoke positively of the important speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at BFA Annual Conference 2018, highly appreciated China’s major measures proposed by President Xi Jinping to further expand opening up, fully affirmed the cooperative fruits in various fields between their countries and Henan, and looked forward to working with Henan to promote bilateral friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation to new stages under the “Belt and Road” framework.