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Ambassador says Belt and Road will be path to peace
May 22,2017   By:China Daily
May 22, 2017 -- The Belt and Road Initiative is more than just building roads and railways. It is about building connectivity that leads to peace, prosperity, openness and development for all, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said on Thursday.
 
"China is ready to work with all parties, including the US, to translate these grand ideas into reality," Cui said at a meeting of prominent Chinese-Americans.
 
"We are encouraged by the positive response from the international community to the success of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation," Cui said of the meeting that concluded on Monday in Beijing.
 
The initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
 
The US has formed the American Belt and Road Working Group to serve as "one node" for cooperation on the initiative, according to Matthew Pottinger, a special assistant to President Donald Trump and leader of the US delegation to the forum.
 
Cui confirmed that Xi and Trump still plan to meet again later in the year.
 
The ambassador received a Leadership Award for Advancing US-China Relations on Thursday at the opening of the 2017 annual conference of the Committee of 100.
 
The C100 is an organization of Chinese-Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in the US. Its members include architect I.M. Pei and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
 
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Trump's pick for US ambassador to China, also received the award. His son received the award on his behalf.
 
Borrowing from the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, Cui said that when a person is not feeling well, the root cause is that his qi, or universal life energy, is disrupted, because qi is essential in keeping body parts connected and working in harmony.
 
"So, when our world is not feeling well, something important that is supposed to flow smoothly is missing," Cui said. "To our world today, the missing qi is connectivity, both in the physical and in the subjective sense."
 
The initiative offers the right spirit and tools to connect countries and regions and peoples, he said.