LONDON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, on Thursday urged the Chinese and British sides to sow seeds of "Golden fruits" for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Ambassador Liu said the reason why BRI became popular after it was proposed five years ago is because it is an initiative for peace and development and it upholds the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.
The senior diplomat made the remarks at a Thomson Reuters event themed the BRI investment opportunity.
He said in BRI cooperation, China does not believe in "putting one's own country first". "Everyone is entitled to the opportunities and everyone should join in to build a future of development."
Liu stressed that the BRI represents a major step to open up China wider to the world.
"The BRI is a strong voice against surging anti-globalization sentiments, unilateralism and protectionism. It is a driving force for the building of a community with a shared future for mankind," he said.
He urged China and Britain to break new grounds for an open world economy, create new highlights in financial cooperation and also contribute new ideas to the BRI.
"I hope it (the event) will sow the 'golden seeds' for deeper and more productive cooperation between China and Britain on the BRI," he said. "I hope this seed will grow and yield more 'golden fruits' in the China-UK 'Golden Era'."