BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Belt and Road Initiative has become a trending topic recently as about a score of world leaders have arrived in Beijing to attend an unprecedented forum where countries are to discuss cooperation under the framework of China's initiative. The Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, has received praises and support from many world leaders. Here are what some world leaders have said about the initiative.
Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
"When we look at the Belt and Road Initiative, we see a very important contribution to this solidarity in addressing global problems with international cooperation, where China plays a very central role."
Rodrigo Duterte, President of The Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives a joint interview with Chinese media in Manila, capital of Philippines, May 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Yu)
"I understand the Belt and Road Initiative is primarily an economic undertaking that will build these connections among the countries, and result in mutual benefit that includes increased trade and market access."
Tran Dai Quang, Vietnamese President
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, who is on a state visit to China and will attend the upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, arrives in Beijing, capital of China, May 11, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)
"This (the Belt and Road Forum) is an occasion for leaders of countries and international organizations to discuss measures to enhance cooperation and deepen international integration for peace, stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development."
Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan President
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during an interview with local and Chinese media in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, May 9, 2017. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
"The whole Belt and Road idea is to open up, deepen integration between regions, and China is driving this agenda. It is an agenda that aims to empower people and maximize Africa's potential."
Milos Zeman, Czech President
Czech President Milos Zeman (C, front) arrives in Beijing, capital of China, May 12, 2017, to attend the upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)
The Czech Republic strongly supports the Belt and Road Initiative and stands ready to vigorously cooperate with China, especially in areas of trade, finance and infrastructure, Zeman said.
Doris Leuthard, Swiss President
Swiss President Doris Leuthard addresses the opening session of the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)
"The Belt and Road Initiative will strengthen well-being and contribute to poverty reduction in concerned regions. It will improve 'connectivity' between Europe and Asia, and help develop trade and the exchange of people."
Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Prime Minister
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni receives an interview by Chinese media at Palazzo Chigi, official residence of the prime minister, in Rome, Italy, May 10, 2017. (Xinhua/Jinyu)
"We are convinced that to this day, Italy continues to be an ideal destination for the Belt and Road Initiative, especially as far as the southern link by sea."
Mauricio Macri, Argentine President
Argentine President Mauricio Macri arrives at Hangzhou International Expo Center to attend the G20 summit in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 4, 2016.(Xinhua/Xing Guangli)
"Argentina is one of the countries that are most distant from China. But the distance is not the obstacle for our country to attend the Belt and Road Initiative. The upcoming Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is a great platform for communication, (and) Argentina is looking forward to participating in it."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is interviewed with Xinhua in Paris, capital of France, on April 18, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)
"It is very relevant because unfortunately we see extremism, we see destruction, (and) we see a different vision of the world. This is why our cooperation with China is so important, and this is why the Belt and Road Initiative is so important."