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Foreign Ministry and the UN ESCAP Sign Cooperation Document on the "Belt and Road" Initiative

On April 11, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed in Beijing the Letter of Intent Between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on Advancing Regional Connectivity and the Belt and Road Initiative with Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar of the UN ESCAP, who was visiting China at invitation. The Letter of Intent emphasized that both sides will jointly plan the specific actions for advancing connectivity and the "Belt and Road" initiative and promote policy docking and practical cooperation of all countries along the routes.

As a UN agency in charge of the economic and social development in Asia-Pacific region, the UN ESCAP has in a long term been dedicating itself to promoting both the regional connectivity and regional economic integration. The Letter of Intent is the first cooperation document on the Belt and Road that China has signed with international organization, aiming to expand the consensus on promoting the Belt and Road cooperation of both sides, strengthen communication and docking, and deepen practical cooperation.

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