President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Forum speech on Sunday appeared on the front page of just about every newspaper and website in China. China Daily hailed the speech, saying it underlined the aspiration for a “new type” of international relations driven by a “spirit of sharing.” The Global Timeswent one step further, saying humankind has often been

distracted from focusing on development and that the Belt and Road Initiative instilled the world economy with a new imagination. THE CONTEXT: The Belt and Road Forum showcases Xi’s cornerstone initiative to connect China with Europe, Asia and Africa through infrastructure projects and burnishes China’s globalization credentials. READ MORE