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tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, inj
ecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
irect investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Compreh
ensive Department, said at a news conference. Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI coun
tries as two-way investment deepened. Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.
interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle sch
ool and they have stayed with him ever since. His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
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orth students also inquired whether Xi likes the US. Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made
a lot of friends, including some young people. He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
g Chinese will help them better understand China, a d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.