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Blair Zhang, Correspondent, Black Tie China
 
China Energy Fund Committee
Zeng Xingqiu (曾兴球)
the vice chairman of the Energy Research Center of China Investment Association
and the former director general of the International Cooperation Department
 of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)
He Fan (何帆)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics,
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Shi Ze (石泽)
Director, Center for International Energy Strategic Studies ,
China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
Xie Shujiang (解树江)
Editor-in-chief of China Energy News
Dr. HO C.P. Patrick (何志平)
Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
Former Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government
Zheng Degang (郑德刚)
Director of Corporate Governance at the People's Daily

H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa
President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Raymond Wong (黄晓夫)

WANG Xuexian (王学贤)
Former Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China
to the United Nations

Lo C.O. Andrew (路祥安)
Deputy Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee

 
a china story 3
 
China Energy Fund Committee
中华能源基金委员会

A China Story (III)
From Diversity, Tolerance to a Community of Common Destiny
The One Belt and One Road Initiative
and A New Model of International Cooperation


中国故事.三
由多元宽容到命运共同体

一带一路与新型国际合作

www.cefc-ngo.co

Mr. Andrew Lo, Deputy Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee,    Mr. Xie Shujiang, Editor-in-Chief, China Energy News,   Mr. Zheng Degang, Director of Corporate Governance at the People’s Daily of China Mr. Raymond Wong, Legal advisor of China Energy Fund Committee (USA), Dr. Ho Chi-ping, Patrick, Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC);Prof. Zeng Xingqiu, Vice Chairman of the Energy Research Center of China Investment Association, and former Director General of the International Cooperation Department of China,Prof. Zeng Xingqiu, Vice Chairman of the Energy Research Center of China Investment Association, and former Director General of the International Cooperation Department of China National Petroleum Corporation(CNPC);, Ms. Anne Korin, Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and Adviser to the United States Energy Security Council;,  Mr. Xu Xiaojie, Chair Fellow and Head, World Energy, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
 Mr. Andrew Lo, Deputy Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee
路祥安--华能源基金委员会常务副秘书长
   Mr. Xie Shujiang, Editor-in-Chief, China Energy News
解树江--中国能源报社总编辑
 Mr. Zheng Degang, Director of Corporate Governance at the People’s Daily of China
郑德刚--人民日报社企业监管部主任
  Mr. Raymond Wong, Legal advisor of China Energy Fund Committee (USA)
黄晓夫--华能源基金委员会(美国)法律顧問
   Dr. Ho Chi-ping, Patrick, Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC);
何志平--中华能源基金委员会常务副主席兼秘书长
Prof. Zeng Xingqiu, Vice Chairman of the Energy Research Center of China Investment Association, and former Director General of the International Cooperation Department of China National Petroleum Corporation(CNPC);
曾兴球--中国投资协会能源研究中心副理事长,资深油气田开发专家

  Ms. Anne Korin, Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and Adviser to the United States Energy Security Council;
安妮.科林--全球安全分析研究所所长及美国能源安全委员会顾问

   Mr. Xu Xiaojie, Chair Fellow and Head, World Energy, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

徐小杰--中国社会科学院世界经济与政治研究所世界能源研究室主任,研究员

 Prof. Zhang Jiansheng, Professor at the Department of Thermal Engineering at
 Tsinghua University;
张建胜--清华大学热能工程系教授
 

 China Energy Fund Committee held the China Story Conference in United Nation Headquarters. The conference was focused on The One Belt and One Road Initiative and A New Model of International Cooperation. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, delivered welcome remarks. Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee, moderated the panels and introduced China Dream. Xuexian Wang, VP of United Nations Association of China, emphasized One Belt and One Road Initiative was totally different from Marshall Plan. Chinese international scholars Fan He and Ze Shi provided further explanations from One Belt and One Road Initiative.. They both attached importance to fairness, development and respect to every member included.
 


 

2015年4月20日,中国能源基金委在联合国总部举行”中国故事:一带一路与新兴国际合作论坛“。萨姆·卡汉巴·库泰萨(联合国第六十九届会议主席), 发表欢迎致辞。中华能源基金委常务副主席兼秘书长何志平先生作为大会主持,并且想世界来宾介绍“中国梦”。中国联合国协会副会长王学贤先生致辞,强调一带一路完全不同于马歇尔计划,否认“中国马歇尔计划”之说,并强调共商,平等和兼容性。 国际学者何帆,石泽对一带一路政策做了更为详细的解释,并强调一带一路政策着眼于所有成员国间的平等,尊重和发展。

Blair Zhang, Correspondent, Black Tie China

 
The “One Belt and One Road” Initiative
 – Turning the China Dream into a World Dream

 In response to the strategic conception of the “One Belt and One Road” put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping, it is important to explain to the world that what the one “Belt and Road” in effect represents is China reaching out to its surrounding nations with friendship and peace. It is an extension of the “going out” and “bringing in” strategy for cooperation and development, to create a community of common destiny through wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, so that the China Dream may become a world dream.

On 20 April, The China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), prior to
 the High-Level Thematic Debate of the United Nations General Assembly
on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation
,

held the third “A China Story” forum entitled “A China Story III:
From Diversity, Tolerance to a Community of Common Destiny –
 The One Belt and One Road initiative and A New Model of International Cooperation”

at the UN headquarters in New York.

 

The forum was officiated by H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba KutesaPresident of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly who delivered the opening remarks. Other distinguished speakers included Ambassador Wang Xuexian, former Deputy Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa; Mr. Shi Ze, Director of the Center for International Energy Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS); Dr. He Fan, Deputy Director of the Center for International Financial Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); and Dr. Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee. Interactive discussions were held together with some two hundred or more attendees including representatives from various departments of the UN and students and staff from universities in and around New York on how to utilize the new model of international cooperation under the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, and how countries with different political and cultural backgrounds can strengthen diversity, tolerance, mutual trust and development through diplomatic, strategic and economic ties in order to forge a “community of common destiny”.

 

Ambassador Wang Xuexian stated that the one “Belt and Road” initiative proposed by China is the result of a long-term consultation process. Through an array of regional and multilateral cooperation and the establishment of specialized organizations, the Chinese government has introduced new concepts of peripheral diplomacy such as “affinity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness”, laying a solid foundation for the launch of the “Belt and Road” initiative. In particular, the One Belt and One Road initiative is characterized by the principle of “wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits”. These three dimensions are complementary. “Wide consultation” serves as a starting point and foundation, “joint contribution” is the core of the initiative and its mode of implementation, while “shared benefits” is the objective and driving force behind this grand vision.

 

Dr. Patrick Ho remarked that the one “Belt and Road” initiative is a new model of connectivity among peoples and a strategic link between the dreams of peoples of all relevant countries. Under the framework of the One Belt and One Road, any form of cooperation is possible. This initiative is not only based upon the spirit of solidarity and mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit, tolerance and mutual learning, and win-win cooperation once at the core of the ancient Silk Road, but also embodies China’s vision of promoting world peace and development through strengthening policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds across Afro-Eurasia. Dr. Ho therefore refuted the interpretation of this initiative as an attempt by China to become a regional hegemon. In reality, the one “Belt and Road” offers an opportunity for the people of various nations to better understand one another’s dreams. This initiative represents not only the dream of 1.3 billion people for over 5000 years, but also a world dream. Indeed, the China Dream and the world dream are inseparable. China’s development is inseparable from the world, and the world needs China for prosperity and stability. The grand vision of the one “Belt and Road” will witness the people of different countries and regions sharing the same dream, and the China Dream will become a world dream.
 This is a dream of peace under heaven, and the world as one.

 

He Fan and Shi Ze expressed that China’s efforts towards poverty alleviation and inclusive growth over the past 15 years have facilitated the realization of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This year, the Chinese government has promised to play a constructive role in the post-2015 development agenda. Since President Xi Jinping first proposed the “One Belt and One Road” Initiative at the end of 2013, within one and half years, around 50 countries, the European Union, the Association of South East Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the United Nations Economic and Social Council and other international organizations have shown positivity and enthusiasm towards this initiative. Just last October, more than 20 countries signed a memorandum for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing. Together they promised to provide capital support for the development of infrastructure in Asian countries.

 

This forum, organized by the China Energy Fund Committee, is the third in a series of forums entitled “A China Story”, held annually in the United Nations since 2013. The theme of the first forum was “the China Dream”; the second was on “China’s New Pathways to Urbanization”; and the latest forum focused on “One Belt and One Road: A New Model of International Cooperation”. The objective of this forum is to provide information on and explain China’s latest development strategy to United Nations member states, organizations and entities, as well as international financial institutions, regional development banks, private sectors, civil societies and representatives from other related organizations, so that they may gain a better understanding of Chinese government policy, social developments, market trends and cultural innovations. It aims to foster a better understanding of the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of China, the fastest developing nation in the world.

 

「一带一路」倡议使中国梦走向世界梦

 

为积极响应中国国家主席习近平倡导的「一带一路」重大战略构思,向世界阐释「一带一路」实际是中国向周边国家伸出的友谊及和平之手,是贯彻合作发展「走出去」、「引进来」战略的同时,也是大家共商、共建、共享、打造利益共同体,更促使中国梦走向世界梦。中华能源基金委员会于420日,在纽约联合国总部的联合国大会「促进宽容与和解」高级别专题辩论会中,专门举办了第三届「中国故事----一带一路: 新型国际合作模式」专场论坛。

 

论坛在联合国大会第69届大会主席塞姆˙库泰萨的致辞中拉开帷幕。来自中国前常驻联合国副代表和首任驻南非大使王学贤、中国国际问题研究院国际能源战略研究中心主任石泽、中国社会科学院世界经济与政治研究所副所长何帆,以及中华能源基金委员会常务副主席兼秘书长何志平,先后在会中发表专题演讲。并与到场的200余位联合国各界代表、纽约周边大学的师生们,互动探讨在全球环境下,如何利用「一带一路」的新型国际合作模式,不同政治、文化背景的国家之间透过外交、战略和经济的联系,加强多元、宽容、互信和发展,打造「命运共同体」。

 

王学贤大使介绍,中国提出「一带一路」倡议,经历长时间的酝酿协商过程。开展各种区域性、小多边合作,成立专业性机构,推出「亲、诚、惠、融」周边外交理念,奠定了「一带一路」的出台基础。其中,「共商」、「共建」、「共享」是「一带一路」建设的原则和特色。三位一体,相辅相成。共商是起点和基础,共建是核心和方式,共享是目标和动力。

 

何志平认为,「一带一路」是一种人与人之间的新型互联模式,是相关国家人民筑梦的战略联系纽带。在「一带一路」的框架之下,任何形式的合作都具有可能性。这个倡议,既建基于团结互信、平等互利、包容互鉴、合作共赢为核心的古丝路精神之上,同时也体现了中国致力透过加强欧亚非大陆等地区的政策沟通、设施联通、贸易畅通、资金融通和民心相通,推动全球和平发展的良好愿景。因而,他反对有人把这项倡议诠释为中国野心勃勃要成为地区霸主的谬论。事实上,「一带一路」为各国人民提供了一个契机,使得大家可以更加深入地了解彼此的梦想。它不仅仅是13亿中国人五千年来的梦想,更让「中国梦」与「世界梦」交相辉映。中国梦是世界梦不可分割的一部分,中国的发展离不开世界,世界的繁荣稳定更加需要中国。「一带一路」的伟大构思,将见证不同国家地区的人民共享同一个愿望,使得中国梦走向世界梦。这个梦想便是,世界和平,天下大同。

 

何帆与石泽则在发言中分别表示,中国过去15年在推动扶贫和共享式增长的发展,促进了联合国千年发展目标(MDGs)的实现。今年,中国政府已承诺会在制定2015后发展议程上发挥建设性作用。自从习近平主席2013年末提出「一带一路」倡议以来,在不到一年半的时间里,已有50多个国家,以及欧盟、东盟、上合组织、联合国亚太经社委员会等多个国际组织对有关倡议,展现了积极和热情的态度。仅去年十月,就有20多个国家在北京签署了筹建亚洲基础设施投资银行的备忘录,共同承诺为推动亚洲国家的基础设施提供资金支持。

 

本次论坛,是中华能源基金委员会自2013年开始在联合国举办「中国故事」系列论坛以来的第三次专场会议。会议主题由首次的「中国梦」、到第二届的「中国新型城镇化」,至今次的「一带一路:新型国际合作模式」,主旨为联合国各成员国、机构和实体,以及国际金融机构、区域开发银行、私营部门、民间团体和其他相关机构的代表,解读和提供中国的最新发展战略与信息,以协助了解中国的政府决策、社会发展、市场动态以及文化创新,进而掌握中国这个世界上发展最快国家的经济、社会、人文和环境面貌。

主办机构简介:

中华能源基金委员会是香港一所独立的民间智库,获联合国经济及社会理事会特别咨商非政府组织资格。主要任务为开展公共外交,以加深世界对中国的理解,提升相互的信任和尊重,促进中外友谊。

 

 
H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa
  President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly
HO C.P. Patrick  (何志平)
HO C.P. Patrick  (何志平)
  Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
WANG Xuexian (王学贤)

WANG Xuexian (王学贤)
  Former Deputy Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations

  Former Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa
  Vice-President, United Nations Association of China

 
HE Fan (何帆)
HE Fan (何帆)
  Senior Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics,
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
SHI Ze (石泽)
SHI Ze (石泽)
  Director, Center for International Energy Strategic Studies ,
China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
Luciana Pricop, Executive Assistant to CEO & Administrative, Director, Global Sustainability Foundation, Blair Zhang
Luciana Pricop, Executive Assistant to CEO & Administrative Director,
Global Sustainability Foundation, Blair Zhang, Correspondent,Black Tie International Magazine
China Energy Fund Committee
China Energy Fund Committee
中华能源基金委员会
中华能源基金委员会
China Energy Fund Committee
中华能源基金委员会

Epilogue of A China Story III

A World Dream

Dr. Patrick Ho

Deputy Chairman and Secretary General

China Energy Fund Committee

 

[Slide 2] For thousands of years, Chinese had a dream.

[Slide 3] In 2012, Chinese new leader Xi Jinping laid out his vision of the “the China Dream" with these words: “Realizing the great renewal of China is the greatest dream for the Chinese people in modern history".

[Slide 4] And to achieve it, China must adhere to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. This path is hard-earned, with impressive progress over the past 30 years of reform and opening-up, through the continuous exploration over 60 years since the establishment of New China, in the often painful 170 years of the development process of the Chinese nation in modern times, and against a backdrop of 5000 years legacy of an ancient civilization.

Significantly, the path to the China Dream is anchored in China’s deep cultural heritage
and ancient historical roots.

The China Dream

[Slide 5] Every dynasty, leaders and heroes had had their respective China dreams. Throughout China’s history, the golden eras in the Han, Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties all brought progress and prosperity taking Chinese civilization to new heights as we chased that brilliant but elusive Chinese dragon.

[Slide 6] And beginning with the pain of the Opium Wars, moving onto the Self-Strengthening Movement 0f 1860, the Hundred Days' Reform of 1898, the 1911Revolution of Sun Yat-sen, the May Fourth Movement in 1919, the establishment of the Communist Party of China in 1921, to the founding of New China in 1949, a series of modernization movements in the 50s and 60s, the "two bombs and one satellite" goal, to the reform and opening up, and the space dream, the World Trade Organization dream, the Olympic dream, the World Expo dream.

[Slide 7] Mao Zedong's "Serving the People", Deng Xiaoping's "Xiaokang Society", President Jiang Zemin’s “Three Represents", President Hu Jintao’s "scientific development concept”, President Xi Jinping's "Five Pillars of Development" and the “Four Comprehensives”, have been all about the dreams of modernization after this ancient civilization had been repeatedly challenged by the achievements and mightiness of the West.

[Slide 8] Yes, we Chinese never ceased dreaming! And we have realized many of our dreams through the ages!  But this is a self-renewal process for Chinese Culture over five millennia, with the Chinese people always wishing to better our lot through hard work and commitment to our traditional values. To heal old wounds, stand up from where we fell, rejuvenate and renew our outlook of our collective destiny, are the innate qualities of our culture and the built-in quality
 of this civilization.

[Slide 9] The China Dream is a national dream, and also a very personal one to every Chinese. However, no personal dream is fulfilled by oneself alone. Every dream must ultimately involve the country and society in some way. Thus, your dream affects mine, and vice versa.  But “the China Dream” represents the Chinese people’s collective desire, and encompasses the essence of many individuals’ visions and expectations.

[Slide 10] The grandest dreams, at the level of the nation and State, are peace, security and prosperity.  Dreams of much smaller scale, reflecting those of the man in the street, are food, housing, education, a decent standard of living, old age security, personal respect and dignity.  Such dreams of China’s 1.3 billion people have interwoven to form the grand dream -
the modern dream of China.

[Slide 11] That Dream is for China’s prosperity and strength, national rejuvenation, economic development, political integrity, cultural vibrancy, happiness for all, a harmonious society and ecological wellbeing. It is a national calling to a common purpose and for a collective
 approach in our pursuit.

A World Dream

[Slide 12] Indeed, the China Dream is an inseparable part of the World Dream. China is an important member of the international community. China cannot develop itself in isolation from the rest of the world. And vice versa, the rest the world cannot enjoy
 prosperity and stability without China.

[Slide 13] To promote connectivity of Asian, European and African continents, President Xi put forward the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, and won broad support from neighboring countries as they believed that the initiative can help promote regional economic cooperation, strengthening exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations, and promoting world peace and development.

 

[Slide 14] However, closer ties among neighbors of unequal sizes often spark suspicions of intentions in geopolitics. It is not surprising that the “Belt and Road” initiative has been labelled by some, as a Chinese version of the Marshall Plan which seeks to establish its spheres of influence
 in the Eurasian “Heartland”.

[Slide 15] Such misunderstandings and prejudice are normally rooted in the rigid and old-fashioned patterns of zero sum thinking. As Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier this year,

"China's Belt and Road initiative is both much older and much younger than the Marshall Plan. Comparing one to the other is like comparing apples to oranges. [Press] The initiative is older because they embody the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, which had a history of more than 2,000 years. The initiative is younger because it is born in the age of globalization. [Press] It is the product of inclusive cooperation, not a tool of geopolitics, and must not be viewed with the outdated cold war mentality."

[Slide 16] At the opening of the Boao Forum a month ago, President Xi has reaffirmed that China would follow the principle of wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits in promoting the initiative. The programs of development will be open and inclusive, not exclusive. They will be a real chorus comprising all countries along the routes, not a solo performance by China itself. Only through win-win cooperation can we make significant sustainable achievements that are beneficial to all. And China welcomes all countries including the United States and Japan to take part in the new initiative as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank..

[Slide 17] In fact, the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Asian countries to work together to "create a new Silk Road" of transnational networks of economic
 and transit connections in 2011.

[Slide 18] Simply put, the “Belt and Road” initiative is neither about seeking for spheres of influence nor striving for hegemony. It is about connecting countries and peoples, accommodating differences, embracing diversities, realizing potentials, sharing capacities, and enabling various goals
 and prospects.

[Slide 19] It is a positive endeavor to seek new models of international cooperation and global governance, and will inject new positive energy into world peace and development. It paves the way for building a community of common destiny for all mankind!

The Three “Knocks” –
The World Trying to Understand China

[Slide 20] However, mutual understanding is the most difficult task in international cooperation. In fact, it might take hundreds of years for the West to understand what constitutes “China” and “Chinese-ness”. In recent past, starting in the 15th century, the West has “knocked” on the ancient door of China for at least three times.

[Slide 21] In recent history, the first-ever attempt by the West to understand and open up China began in the Yuan dynasty with Marco Polo and then in late Ming dynasties, during which Jesuit priests Matteo Ricci and Joachim Bouvet visited China.

[Slide 22]  The second “knock” came in 1840, when Britain invaded China and launched the First Opium War. China’s doors were pried ajar against her will.

[Slide 23] The third “knock” on the door of China came in the midst of the cold war in 1972, when Richard Nixon from the US visited China, offering an olive branch to China to integrate into the global economic system of the era.

For more than 100 years, after being brought to its knees at gun point by the West, China has awakened, realizing that it had to catch up with the Western world. When Deng Xiaoping came into power, with rapid economic advancement, China moved towards a moderately well-off society.

The Third Knock by China
– A New Silk Road to the World Dream

[Slide 24] Looking back in recent history, Chinese has also knocked on the door of the West at least twice: In the Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago, the first Silk Road on land by Zhang Qian offering trades and peace; and in the 15th Century, the second Silk Road at sea championed by Zheng He bringing trades and peace.

The 21st Century will see us embarking on the third Silk Road. The grand vision of the “Belt and Road”, is the third “Knock” on the door of the West. Indeed it is a bang on our neighbors’’ doors.

The two previous Silk Roads traded tea, silk, spices, exotic fruits, jewelry and gold. This 21st Century Silk Road trades for, apart from creative ideas, views and perspectives, traditions and legacies; it trades values. It exchanges kindness. It offers peace.

This modern Silk Road travels neither by sea nor on land, nor goes from one place to another, but travels through the inner workings of the human minds driven by a desire to captivate the advantages of peaceful competition in this globalized world.

[Slide 25] This Silk Road teaches us to learn with mutual respect that despite our different backgrounds and upbringings, there are some fundamental values we all hold dear, some basic principles we all respect and certain core understanding we all embrace.

[Slide 26] This Silk Road sees citizens of different cities and countries sharing common aspirations and inviting one another into their dreams that life is celebrated through cultural pursuits, and our people are enchanted by the arts, enlightened by cultural differences and
enriched by social diversity.

[Slide 27] Finally, the "Belt and Road" initiative is all about building dreams, sharing dreams and realizing them. This dream, is not only the dream of 1.3 billion Chinese over 5,000 years, it is also a world dream. It is a dream of peace under heaven, and the world as one. [Slide 28] This dream belongs to all of us. It belongs to you, and me.

And we shall all live happily ever after….

 

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