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Summit highlights 'Belt and Road' advantages

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang (center), Hong Kong Chief Executive C. Y. Leung (third from left); Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Tung Chee Hwa (third from right); and other guests officiate at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Summit at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Belt and Road Initiative offers unprecedented opportunities for all participants, including Hong Kong, said Hong Kong Chief Executive C. Y. Leung. It aims to strengthen cooperation on policy, economic and cultural fronts, and to foster mutually rewarding progress among the more than 60 Belt and Road countries.

Hong Kong Chief Executive C. Y. Leung delivers the opening speech at the inaugural Belt and Road Summit.

Speaking at the first Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong on May 18, Mr. Leung highlighted the territory’s advantages under “One Country, Two Systems” and its role as “super-connector” between mainland China and the rest of the world. Hong Kong will thus play an important role and, beyond economic relations, looks forward to developing broader and closer people-to-people bonds along the Belt and Road, he said. 

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang delivered the keynote speech at the opening session. He said Hong Kong is a key link for the Belt and Road, citing the city’s strategic location and connectivity, and its developed economy with an advanced professional services sector.

More than 2,000 participants attended the summit. They included political leaders, policymakers, representatives from international organizations, business leaders and experts in related trades from all over the world.


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