Turkey detained dozens of energy and education ministry staff on Tuesday in an investigation targeting the network of a U.S.-based cleric whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating last July's attempted coup, state media said.

    Since the world economic crisis erupted around the world, trade protectionism, isolationism and terrorism have been on the rise, which has resulted in sluggish recovery of the global economy and setbacks in globalization. As a large responsible country, China has consistently made key efforts to stabilize the world economy. During the global financial crisis, China was at times contributing over 50 percent of world economic growth. China is becoming the stabilizer and engine of world economy.  In this context, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 to strengthen cooperation based on the principles of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds. Financial integration, in particular, is one crucial method of promoting economic growth and financial stability.

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead."

The Syrian army and allied armed groups have started moving large numbers of troops to a desert region on the country's border with Iraq and Jordan as US-backed rebels make advances nearby, according to rebel sources. 

Connectivity for a Better Afghanistan

Monday, 15 May 2017 03:42 Written by

What is the Belt and Road Initiative all about? In a word: connectivity. Chinese president Xi Jinping once remarked, “The connectivity we’re talking about today is not merely about building roads and bridges or making linear connections to various different places on the surface of this world. The connectivity should be a three-pronged combination of infrastructure, institutions and people-to-people exchange coupled progress in five realms, namely policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds. The Initiative aims to create a wide-ranging, multi-dimensional, vibrant and open connectivity network that pools talent and resources from all stakeholders.” 

The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as part of an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks.

China's President Xi Jinping has pledged $124bn (£96bn) for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road initiative.

Emmanuel Macron has been inaugurated as France's president, and will immediately face daunting challenges to rejuvenate the economy and breathe new life into the beleaguered European Union.

 “Civilizations have been enriched and become more colorful through exchange and mutual learning,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping in a 2014 speech at UNESCO Headquarters. “Such exchange and mutual learning serve as important drivers of human progress and global peace and development.” Throughout human history, various factors such as geography, climate, history, production modes and lifestyles have contributed to the diversity of global cultures. For thousands of years, various cultures have been learning from and communicating with each other, from nomadic and agrarian lifestyles to engineering, printing and mobile internet.   

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States said on Saturday Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions were right, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The Belt and Road Initiative is all about international cooperation. Facility connectivity is a key realm for cooperation if the needs of both supply and demand sides are properly analyzed. More than three years of construction under the Belt and Road Initiative has yielded remarkable results in terms of facility connectivity.