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The Silk Road International Expo will Stimulate the New Vitality of Pursuit and Transcendence and Demonstrate Shaanxi's Role on the “Belt and Road”

Description:Build a "New Business Card" of the Belt and Road, gather the majestic power of the new era .

Editor's note: In February 2015, when General Secretary Xi Jinping visited Shaanxi, he proposed the  positioning of“Pursuit and Transcendence”and “Five Solid” requirements for Shaanxi's development. He called on Shaanxi to actively integrate into the “Belt and Road” pattern and make efforts to build a new platform for international cooperation. In addition, special emphasis is placed on running the "Silk Road International Expo." This is the enthusiasm of the General Secretary and also the responsibility of Shaanxi.

Shaanxi must take the greater mission, undertake greater tasks, and play greater role in the development of the country. How to develop a path that lives up to the national mission but also has characteristics of Shaanxi, how to make good use of Shaanxi's advantages as a new starting point and core area for the “Belt and Road”, and how to promote the development path of higher level and international status for Shaanxi, the west and even the whole country, and realize the pursuit and transcendence? In the past three years, Shaanxi has always written its answers on these questions: Be the initiator of inland reform and opening up. Be a pathfinder of China in opening up to the west. Be a pioneer on the "Belt and Road."

Build a "New Business Card" of the Belt and Road, gather the majestic power of the new era

The year 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the "Belt and Road " initiative proposed by Chairman Xi Jinping. Over the past five years, more than 80 countries and international organizations have signed cooperation agreements with China. The "Belt and Road" has transformed from concept to action, from vision to reality, and has achieved fruitful results. The 3rd Silk Road International Expo was exactly the third year after the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening up, the fifth anniversary of the "Belt and Road"  Initiative and the beginning of the new era, as well as after the proposal of the Silk Road International Expo entrusted by General Secretary Xi Jinping. Against this time-and-space background, it is of great significance to hold a large-scale economic and trade event in Shaanxi.

Infinite glory revealed when reviewing history. Shaanxi is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. For thousands of years, the Silk Road spirit, centered on peace and cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefit, has been deeply integrated into the blood of Shaanxi people. The western city of the Tang Dynasty covers an area of 1600 mu, with more than 200 industries. Its international trade was expanded to Rome westward and Korea eastward. The western city was the center of world trade at that time and flourished for a period. Over the millennium, the ancient Silk Road ushered in the dawn of rejuvenation due to the proposal of the “Belt and Road” initiative, which made Shaanxi that is not near the sea, the river, and the border stand at the frontier of the opening up.

The depth of history casts the height of the starting point. Only by reviewing present and past history with a historical perspective can we fully understand the dedication and urgency of Shaanxi people to courageously pursue and transcend, and can we understand Shaanxi’s mission and responsibility on the “Belt and Road”.

On the one hand, Shaanxi has the advantages of culture, location, science and education, energy, and military industry, with great potential for development. On the other hand, the development of Shaanxi Province has already stood at a new starting point for development, but the basic situation of underdevelopment has not fundamentally changed. Low economic extroversion, insufficient development, and unfavorable industries have always plagued Shaanxi. How to better transform Shaanxi's cultural, regional, mineral, scientific, and educational resources into industrial and development advantages? How to speed up the industrial optimization configuration and change the advantages to a winning trend, so that Shaanxi has stronger regional competitiveness and economic radiation along the “Belt and Road” in the northwest and even the entire western region? The Silk Road International Expo will promote the linkage development of eastern, central, and western regions of China and deepen the platform for economic and trade cooperation between China and the countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt. The Silk Road International Expo serves as a new bridge for exchanges, communication, and cooperation and provides a new path for Shaanxi's development. The "New Business Card" of the Silk Road International Expo is bringing together the majestic power of the new era with its unique "West Gravity."

Grasp the New Historical Opportunity and Contribute "Shaanxi Wisdom" to the Construction of "Belt and Road"

The report of the the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China clearly stated that "we must focus on the construction of the 'Belt and Road', adhere to the principle of "bringing in" and "going global", follow the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, strengthen innovation and open cooperation, and form overall open pattern of land and sea, at home and abroad, and mutual aid between east and west." Today, accelerating the pursuit and transcendence has become the loudest melody on the land of Shaanxi.

By proposing the new era and the new journey, General Secretary Xi made scientific judgement and defined Shaanxi's development goal of pursuit and transcendence based on domestic and international development trend and the actual situation in Shaanxi. The explicit requirements of "Five Solid" have pointed out the direction for the development of Shaanxi Province and provided fundamental compliance.

In February of this year, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the Guangzhou Plain Urban Agglomeration Development Plan. The plan clearly defined the overall development goals of the Guanzhong Plain urban agglomeration, and formally proposed that Xi'an, as the core of the urban agglomeration, will be built into the ninth “National Center City” in China. The importance of Xi’an and even the entire northwest region in future planning stands vividly revealed on the paper. The new national mission and international vision will allow Shaanxi to embark on a completely new journey.

Plan a region from an overall perspective and serve the overall situation with a region. From the perspective of national strategy, Shaanxi is an important province in the northwest region and an important node in the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative. It is of great significance in the development of the national region and pattern of opening to the outside world. To build a new land of inland reform and opening up, the core muster is to take the lead in opening up and promote opening up, drive the development of the western region, and expand the “Belt and Road” to higher, broader, and deeper areas.

This Silk Road International Expo is an international comprehensive exposition after the success of the "Belt and Road" International Cooperation Summit Forum last year and the 2019 Summit Forum. It is of great significance to carry forward the past and open the future. In the new era, how to jump out of the "city-wall thinking" and stand on the "Qinling Mountain" to achieve pursuit and transcendence. The Silk Road International Expo will shoulder the spirit of implementing the "Belt and Road" International Cooperation Summit Forum, be the implementer, practitioner, and project sponsor of the forum spirit, and is committed to creating the sacred mission of the "Chapter of Economy and Trade" of the Summit Forum, and carry the era mission of "Shaanxi Wisdom" to contribute to the construction of the "Belt and Road ."

With the idea of internationalization, Shaanxi is struggling to pursue and transcend

By recalling the development history of the Silk Road International Expo from the “Investment & Trade Forum for Cooperation between East & West China” to the “Silk Road International Expo”, Shaanxi has obtained the international information, funds, projects and broader perspectives, allowing a regional commodity and trade fair to become a national, international new platform.

Size up the situation firstly when making an overall plan If it is said that the pace of development was improved through investment promotion and extensive use of resources in the past, it is necessary to choose a better path according to local conditions and by reviewing the situation to achieve rapid development at the new base point under the new historical conditions. This is like driving. In the past, everyone was driving on ordinary roads and made "turnover and overtaking" through the rational use of speed, now it is necessary to drill holes, build bridges, and rid of the unnecessary and take the most appropriate to achieve high quality and efficiency. To achieve this, it is particularly important to make full use of integrated, international resources and advantages.

The the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China declared that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, opened a new chapter in realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and opened a new scroll to strengthen the development of China's integration with the world. In the new era, the 3rd Silk Road International Expo will focus on international cooperation by changing from interactions between the east and the west and regional cooperation in the past through such measures as the acquisition of antennas, practical platforms, quality enhancement, and display of features. Adhere to both the "bringing in" and "going global", we have improved our stations, and would face the international market with a broader perspective and more solid measures at the same time.

In terms of specific practices, the 3rd Silk Road International Expo exhibition will be changed from “blocks” to “articles,” and will no longer divide pavilions based on countries, provinces, and cities, but will realize the cross-border, cross-region and cross-province (city) professional display based on market demand and product categories, change the "year" to "the session", do a good job of international communication, and strive to catch up with the trend of international professional exhibitions, and promote economic and trade cooperation and exchanges to a greater extent. This series of changes shows that the Silk Road International Expo is following the trend of the times and making great strides toward internationalization.

Dreams illuminate the road ahead. The road is just under the feet and we should fight at this moment. According to the Silk Road spirit of “Peaceful Cooperation, Openness and Inclusiveness, Mutual Learning, Mutual Benefit and Win-win Result” proposed by Chairman Xi Jinping at the “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit Forum, the 3rd Silk Road International Expo will also carry out in-depth the development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and share, take the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and regards the “five links” as the starting point, adopt various forms such as government dialogues, sister city interactions, business cooperation, and non-governmental exchanges,  develop extensive cooperation to build the “Belt and Road” into a path of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation, and civilization, better benefit the countries and people along the route and make new and greater contributions to building a community of human destiny. (Xin An)

Source:中国网·丝路中国频道  Editor:姬雯