Huge ‘Belt and Road Summit’ Celebrated in Hong Kong Despite Color Revolution Attempt
Sept. 16, 2019 (EIRNS)—Despite the continuing mass destabilization of Hong Kong, backed by the regime-change forces in the U.S. and Europe, Hong Kong hosted a huge, successful “Belt and Road Summit” on Sept. 11-12, with more than 5,000 participants from more than 60 countries. This was the fourth annual Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong, and was part of a “Belt and Road Week” Sept. 9-13. There were no reports of disruption from the riots. Nor is it any surprise that this huge event, expressing the continued success of the policy which is the actual target of the color revolution, went unreported in the trans-Atlantic press.
The forum was co-organized by China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Among the speakers were many business and banking leaders, as well as 80 government officials from Belt and Road countries worldwide.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered a keynote speech. Xinhua reported that she described the Belt and Road as an “open, inclusive and all-embracing global initiative, which extends beyond geographical and cultural borders and boundaries,” and stressing that Hong Kong is perfectly positioned to serve as the “gateway to the Belt and Road.”
Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong SAR, said that the Belt and Road Initiative has “injected fresh impetus into global growth, and effectively boosted complementarity between national strategies, advanced industrial cooperation, and removed bottlenecks impeding development such as the lack of infrastructure.”
Peter Lam, chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said the BRI “goes beyond infrastructure to cover finance, technology, manufacturing, logistics, trading, and many other sectors,” and emphasized the role of Hong Kong as “the ideal venue for an exchange of ideas and insights, and the best place to turn Belt and Road concepts into viable commercial ventures.”
More than 500 attendees came from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Dhanin Chearavanont, the head of Thailand’s largest international company, Charoen Pokphand Group, addressed the plenary session, saying:
“I have immense confidence in China’s development. I started investing in the country 40 years ago. Today China puts forward the Belt and Road Initiative, setting a clear direction towards international cooperation and mutual benefits. Thailand, in its participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, presents ample opportunities through development plans such as the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor), which is inspired by the success of China’s special economic zones and aims at attracting talent to boost Thailand’s technology and innovation capacity.”