(KPL) The 3rd 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China International Communication Forum was held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China on Oct 21-23.
Before the opening of the meeting, several hundreds of domestic and foreign participants representing different countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa were entertained with a show featured stories of ancient silk roads, maritime silk roads, modern industrious development, and innovation technology, along with green development, abundant civilization, friendship, and solidarity among Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world.
Hosted by CCTV and the Guangdong Government, the forum was honorably attended by local senior officials and over 300 guests and media practitioners from dozens of countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Africa.
The three-day forum also featured sub-forums on various topics including external communication in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, media integration and innovation, and shaping cities’ image under the BRI.
Media plays a crucial role and is an effective mouthpiece for promoting understanding and enhancing solidarity, friendship, and cooperation in cultural, social, economic, and tourism spheres, said deputy executive director of the organizing committee of the forum Hu Bangsheng.
This gathering constitutes a good opportunity for media personnel to discuss and share lessons and experiences on Maritime Silk Road, said Mr Douangchith Savatbounmy, Director of Pasaxon Newspaper.
The under construction Laos-China high-speed railway will transform Laos from landlock to a strategic land-linked nation. So far this year, about 72% of the Laos-China railway project construction has been carried out. The railway is expected to be launched officially by 2021.
The railway, the construction of which was launched in late 2016, stretches from the Lao-Chinese border in Luang Namtha to Vientiane Capital over a distance of more than 400 km. The project costs about USD6 billion.
Statistics from Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Statistics show that the province’s GDP increased by 6.4 per cent year on year in the first three quarters of 2019 to approximately 7.7 trillion RMB. Meanwhile, Shenzhen and Zhuhai in Guangdong province have been expected to be more developed than Hong Kong and Macao in the future due to their high potential and abundant financial sources.
Source; Lao News Agency