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Over the past ten years, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has emerged as a global game-changer, propelling the concept of a community with a shared future for humanity.

This transformative endeavor has not only fostered global and regional development but also offered stability in an increasingly interconnected world. In this research article, we delve into the profound impact of the BRI, as articulated by Cambodian expert Kin Phea, Director General of the International Relations Institute of Cambodia.

 

BRI’s Multifaceted Contributions

 

Infrastructure Development: One of the most notable achievements of the BRI is its active support for major infrastructure development and connectivity projects across various regions. This initiative has opened doors for countries to expand their trade networks, stimulate economic growth, and unlock untapped potential.

 

Key Infrastructure Projects: The BRI has rolled out an impressive array of key infrastructure projects, such as the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone in Cambodia, the China-Laos Railway, the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway in Indonesia, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the China-Europe Railway Express, and the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. These projects have not only boosted economies but have also fostered increased trade and cooperation on a global scale.

 

Engine of Global Economic Growth: The BRI has effectively become an engine of global economic growth, propelling efforts to create a community founded on shared prosperity. It serves as an international cooperation platform, promoting peace, security, sustainable development, and common benefit.

 

Cambodia’s Transformative Journey

 

For Cambodia, the BRI has been a catalyst for strengthening ties with China and achieving developmental milestones. The collaboration has significantly contributed to Cambodia’s development agenda, reducing poverty, and generating mutual benefits.

 

Infrastructure and Connectivity: BRI has played a pivotal role in Cambodia’s infrastructure and connectivity development. Projects encompass roads, bridges, railways, airports, seaports, hydropower plants, special economic zones, expressways, and modern stadiums. China’s investments in various sectors have bolstered Cambodia’s economic competitiveness and lowered logistics costs.

 

The Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone: Among the standout BRI projects in Cambodia, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone stands as a testament to collaboration. It highlights the extensive consultation, joint development, and shared benefits approach that underpins BRI initiatives.

 

Future Prospects: With the support of BRI, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, and the Cambodia-China free trade agreement, Cambodia aspires to attain upper middle-income status by 2030 and high-income status by 2050.

 

Inclusivity and Multilateralism

 

The BRI’s philosophy of extensive consultation, joint development, and shared benefits underscores its commitment to inclusivity. It welcomes participation from countries and organizations worldwide, allowing them to engage at their own pace and according to their priorities and domestic conditions.

 

The Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Looking ahead to the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, there is optimism that it will instill confidence in multilateralism, globalization, and an open, pluralistic world economy. It is expected to chart a path toward inclusive growth and sustainable development, ultimately shaping a brighter shared future.

 

Conclusion:

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has not only marked a decade of transformative change but has also set the stage for a more interconnected and prosperous world. Through infrastructure development, economic cooperation, and a commitment to inclusivity, the BRI exemplifies the potential for global partnerships to create a shared future for humanity. As the BRI continues to evolve, its impact on regional and global development remains a subject of great interest and promise.

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