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ZAMBIA Daily Mail deputy managing director Chapadongo Lungu delivering his speech during the first BRNN council meeting in Beijing, China. Right, media heads and Chinese government officials during the first Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) council meeting on April 23, 2019 in Beijing, China.

News network to drive Belt and Road

BOYD PHIRI, Beijing, China
“A JOURNEY of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This Chinese proverb sums up President Xi Jinping’s drive to realise the Belt and Road News Network (BRNN), which started as a proposal in 2017 to promote the aspirations of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The BRI is a joint cause of all countries that are part of China’s developmental initiative, which seeks win-win growth and mutual benefit.
In essence, the BRI is the culmination of President Xi’s suggestion during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to pursue all-round opening up in the new era.
Since then President Xi’s dream of a brighter future for China and its partners along the routes of BRI has received overwhelming response.
As at March 30, 2019 the Chinese government had signed 173 cooperation agreements with 125 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America and 29 international organisations, according to the Global Times.