nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
than 150 countries, including 37 heads of state or government, for the thre
e-day event starting on Thursday, Wang said, adding the forum, themed “Belt and Road Coop
eration: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the initiative.
President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the op
ening ceremony of the forum, and chair the leaders’ round-table summit, Wang said.
Saying the BRI has delivered real benefits to participating countries, Wang stated the hats like “debt traps” cannot be put onto t
he head of the Belt and Road, and this is not something any participating country would recognize.
He added that international communities should base their understandings and comments about the BRI on the facts.
Trade volume between China and the countries participating in the B
RI has exceeded $6 trillion, the number of investment is over $80 billion and arou
nd 300,000 jobs have been created for the people from the countries involved in the initiative, Wang said.
hina’s credit growth surged unexpectedly to a record pace in January, strengthening production in the real econo
my and easing overall downward pressure, People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said on Friday.
Bank lending in domestic currency increased by 3.23 trillion yuan ($476.8 billion) last month, the fastest single-month growth
since the figure was first tracked in 1992. It increased by 2.9 trillion yuan in January 2018, the bank said.
Total social financing, a broader measure comprising all money the real economy receives from the fi
nancial sector, including off-balance-sheet financing activities, rose by 4.64 trillion yuan in Ja
nuary, which was also the fastest monthly growth ever, according to the central bank.
The month’s rapid credit growth was a result of a series of precauti
onary measures to ease the negative effects of slowing domestic demand and external h
eadwinds, according to Sun Guofeng, head of the bank’s monetary policy department, at a news conference.