great achievements of general secretary xi jinping's thought on diplomacy
since the 18th national party congress, guided by general secretary xi jinping's thought on diplomacy, china has forged ahead on the diplomatic front. by maintaining a favorable external environment for its development and by gaining greater standing and influence in the ever-changing world, china has blazed its own path to strength and prosperity, a path that has distinctive chinese features and differs from the one followed by traditional powers in history. this has opened a new chapter in china's diplomacy.
1. making china's efforts for forging a new type of international relations
we have been working to establish a framework for sound and stable relations with other major countries. general secretary xi jinping met then president barack obama many times to bring about important outcomes in building a new model of major-country relations between china and the united states. now with a new us administration in office, general secretary xi jinping has had successful meetings with president donald trump at mar-a-lago and in hamburg to set out the direction and principles for growing china-us ties in the new era, achieving a stable transition of the bilateral relations. china and russia have maintained close high-level exchanges, deepened strategic mutual trust and made breakthroughs in practical cooperation, maintaining the strong momentum of the china-russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination. china and the eu have committed themselves to building partnerships for peace, growth, reform and progress of civilizations. cooperation between china and other brics countries and major developing countries has scaled new heights.
we opened up new vistas for enhancing friendship and cooperation with our neighbors. the cpc central committee held a meeting to make top-level design and all-round planning for neighborhood diplomacy, the first of its kind in the history of new china. in a spirit of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, china has proposed a "2+7" framework for its cooperation with asean, established a lancang-mekong cooperation mechanism and steered its relations with asean toward greater maturity. china has established strategic partnerships with all central asian countries and has notably increased its cooperation with south asian countries.
we upgraded our cooperation with other developing countries. general secretary xi jinping has outlined the principles of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith in growing relations with africa and proposed ten plans to boost cooperation with africa, taking china-africa cooperation to a new level. with the establishment of a strategic cooperative relationship with arab states, a strategic partnership with pacific island countries having diplomatic relations with china, and a five-dimensional relationship with latin american and caribbean countries underpinned by the china-celac forum, we have put in place cooperation mechanisms covering all other developing countries.
2. playing china's role in advancing the reform of the global governance system
with the personal commitment and guidance of general secretary xi jinping, china has performed a "trilogy" with great success in the course of its participation in global governance. the three milestones are: china's hosting of the apec economic leaders' meeting 2014 in beijing and the g20 hangzhou summit in 2016, and general secretary xi jinping attending the world economic forum annual meeting and visiting the united nations office at geneva early this year. china has thus played a leading role in the asia-pacific cooperation, the g20's transformation and the course of economic globalization, injecting strong and positive energy into a world beset by uncertainties and anxiety. china has promoted the establishment of the asian infrastructure investment bank, the silk road fund and the brics new development bank, and has taken an active part in the formulation of rules governing such emerging areas as marine and polar affairs, cyberspace, nuclear security and climate change. these efforts have given china a bigger voice and greater influence in the international arena.
3. contributing china's part to development for all
thanks to the concerted efforts of all participants, the belt and road initiative which was put forward four years ago has evolved into an open and inclusive platform for international cooperation and a warmly-received global public good. more than 100 countries and international organizations have actively supported and taken part in the initiative, and a great number of flagship projects have been launched. substantial complementarity has been identified between the development strategy of china and those of many other countries. between 2014 and 2016, total trade between china and other belt and road countries exceeded us$3 trillion, and chinese investment in these countries surpassed us$50 billion. in may this year, china successfully hosted the belt and road forum for international cooperation, which was attended by over 1,600 delegates representing more than 140 countries and 80 international organizations. the 270-plus deliverables under 76 categories in five key areas have created a strong momentum of broad participation in the belt and road initiative by the international community. the initiative has been widely commended for lending impetus to global growth and boosting confidence in economic globalization. this illustrates how a chinese initiative, with the support from across the world, can deliver benefits to all.