When 29 heads of state were taking part in the high-level meeting of leaders on the concluding day of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 15, drafting a blueprint for a globalized world that is "open, inclusive and beneficial to all," a less known meeting but with a strong connection to the same theme was being held in a different part of the capital.
Themed "Communication, Cooperation and Common Development," the seminar hosted by China's Mission to ASEAN, Beijing Review, and Pangoal Institution, a think tank on Chinese public policy, added an extra dimension to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (Belt and Road) Initiative. The seminar focused on the importance of ASEAN in the new world development vision and how the regional bloc could contribute to it.
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