he aim is to develop technologies and business mo

dels that will foster new growth and development. To do this, Ch

ina is committed to spearheading the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innova

tion Cooperation Action Plan to advance information and communications technology infrast

ructure development with the aim of improving internet connectivity and security, Zondi said.

Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of Inte

rnational Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free trad

e and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a na

tural extension of what China has been doing for the past few y

ears. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

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