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Zhou Wenzhong: countries along the “Belt and Road” should not follow the old path of “pollution first, clean later”

Time:2015-08-17 16:58:33    Views:1351503    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

During the 4th Global Think-tank Summit held by China International Economic Communication Center, Zhou Wenzhong, secretary general of BFA and former Chinese ambassador to the U.S., stated that while respecting the right of development for countries along the “Belt and Road”, we should avoid the old industrial path of “pollution first, clean later” of many developed countries.

Zhou Wenzhong points out that, countries along the “Belt and Road” are mostly developing countries, whose main task is to develop economy and increase local residents’ income level. How to inject the concept of sustainable development into countries along the “Belt and Road”, and prevent them from following the old industrial path of “pollution first, clean later” of many developed countries is an important subject of the “Belt and Road” strategy.

Zhou Wenzhong states that the principle of “Belt and Road” strategy is to jointly discuss, build and share with countries along the belt and road. During discussions, they can share lessons and experience on sustainable development; through joint building, sustainable development can be realized on the pretext of respecting other countries’ right to development; during sharing, the principle of developing countries’ “common but differentiated responsibility” should not be forgotten.

He emphasizes that sustainable development is an all-encompassing concept including environmental protection, clean energy, social responsibility and equal aid to impoverished countries and regions. Regarding developing countries, under no excuse can we deprive them of their right to development. An important starting point of the “Belt and Road” strategy is to drive common development through policy communication, road connectivity, trade facilitation, currency circulation and people-to-people exchanges.