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Minister Zhu Qin Delivers a Keynote Speech at International Symposium on Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe
    On May 4, 2017, Minister Zhu Qin was invited to Preston, Lancashire, North West England to attend the International Symposium, on Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Closer International Cooperation on Building the New Maritime Silk Road" at the opening ceremony. The Symposium was co-hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and China's National Institute for South China Sea Studies (CNISCSS). CNISCSS President Wu Shicun, UCLan Deputy Vice-Chancellor Lynne Livesey and more than 40 experts and scholars from China, Britain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium and etc. were present at the Symposium.

   Zhu said that since the "Belt and Road" Initiative was proposed three years ago, it has made significant headway with global influence, which can be ascribed to its profound historical background, true reflection of the trend of times, and promising prospects. The upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing will bring together international partners to map out the blueprint of building the Belt and Road and to envision a bright future of win-win cooperation.

   Zhu noted that China stands ready to work with countries in Asia and Europe to build the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with an open mind, courage and concerted efforts. And its priorities include advancing maritime infrastructure connectivity, enhancing maritime economic cooperation and dovetailing the ocean industries, deepening cultural and people–to-people exchanges and cooperation in the maritime field, and safeguarding maritime peace and security to ensure the smooth connection, close cooperation, prosperity, as well as the exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations, peace, and friendship for the building of the new Silk Road on sea.

   Before the opening ceremony, Zhu met with John Collins, Mayor of Preston and Lynne Livesey, UCLan Deputy Vice-Chancellor to exchange views on regional, people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and UK.

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   UCLan, founded in 1828 and located in Preston, the capital of Lancashire, is a well-known public university in the UK. It has long had an interest in China's development and has a long history of friendly cooperation with China. In 2008, UCLan established the Confucius Institute in cooperation with Beijing International Studies University. It also maintains long-term cooperation with many other Chinese universities.

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