Belt/Road Initiative to boost global development through cooperation

Adoba Echono, Beijing


The Road and Belt initiative by China is aimed at assisting other countries in the development of their infrastructure.

A Consultant with the Research and Training Institute of the National Radio and Television Administration, China Mr. Chang Jin, stated this in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Beijing China.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 involving infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organisations in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Mr. Chang Jin explained that the project is an avenue for China to offer help to other countries.

It is cooperation between China and many other countries; I believe our intention to launch this project is to help other countries to develop infrastructure in their countries.”

“It is the only wish of the Chinese government and the Chinese nation to help other countries, because in the past twenty years, thirty years we have developed into a more developed China and we have this ability to offer our help to other countries and that is the only purpose.”

I believe it’s a world community, like a family and your neighbours, it is good for you to help each other, because China has grown, it has the ability and has the intention to help others, by providing better life for its neighbours.”

On the rapid developmental growth of China, the second largest second economy in the world, Mr. Chang Jin attributed it to the strength of the Chinese nation and its culture.

Mr. Chang Jin noted that China is the most enduring civilization in the world, with five thousand years of history.

First of all I believe it’s the strength of the Chinese nation and Chinese Culture, China is the most enduring civilizations in the world, we have at least five thousand years of history.”

“Throughout this uninterrupted long period of development the nation developed its characteristics for hardworking and also we have rich cultural heritage which help to build the personalities of people that are hardworking.”

The other I believe, is the leadership of the Communist Party of China, this party is a party working for the benefit of the Chinese nation and it got its power in 1949 and this year we celebrated seventieth anniversary, for this seventy years we have only one ruling party which is serving the benefit of the people.    

“There is no interruption; there is no competition from other parties, so the party has a long time to plan and it doesn’t need to worry, that in five years we are going to lose power, so let’s just work for these five years, no this is not the case in China.”

“It has forcible long future, so we have the benefit in been able to plan and to work for a long period.”

Capacity building

Meanwhile, twenty Senior Media Executives from Nigeria are attending a three week seminar at the Research and Training Institute of the National Radio and Television Administration in Beijing China.

The 21-day training programme sponsored by the Chinese government is all about China’s Radio Television development strategy, new media development, operation idea and innovation of broadcasting organisations, and the exchange and cooperation between China and Nigeria.

Senior officials of the National Radio and Television Administration and its relevant departments, experts and Professors from other prestigious universities deliver lectures at the seminar.

The Seminar is a combination of classroom discussions and field visits.

The participants, as part of its field visits, visited the Forbidden City, a major tourist attraction in China.

Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, lies at the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties 1368 – 1911.

The participants also visited the Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world and the longest wall in the world, with an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture.

Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery.

The Great Wall was not just a wall, it was an integrated military defensive system with watchtowers for surveillance, fortresses for command posts and logistics and beacon towers for communications.