Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a call of the time for win-win cooperation for the world, said Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) of China on Monday.
The spokesman made the remarks while delivering speech at a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in the morning.
The 13th National People's Congress held the conference to brief media on its second session scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning.
In reply to a query, Zhang said BRI is a major proposal for economic growth by forging comprehensive connectivity among participating countries in different regions of the world.
The initiative has so far made major progress as a total of 67 countries have joined the BRI taking the total number of the participants to 152 including international organizations from all over the world, he said.
The spokesman said all decisions regarding projects of the BRI are made jointly by the participating countries and there is no Chinese hegemony in the initiative at all.
He went on saying that every great initiative faces challenges and difficulties on its way to implementation and the BRI is also facing such challenges but will be successful in the long run.
Citing that world leaders will join the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing in April, the spokesman expected that they may reach greater consensus about cooperation in the forum.
Over the second session of the NPC, Zhang said all necessary preparations for holding the session have already been taken and a total of 2956 deputies of the NPC have registered with the session scheduled to close on March 15.
During the session, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China will hold press conference on March 8, while its Prime Minister will meet local and foreign media after the session closes on March 15.
The NPC is the supreme organ of state power in China. It is composed of NPC deputies who are elected according to law from 35 electoral units from the people's congresses of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, the People's Liberation Army, the deputy election council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Taiwan compatriots' consultation election council.
Each congress is elected for a term of five years and its major task is to amend the Constitution and oversee its enforcement, enact and amend basic laws governing criminal offences, civil affairs, state organs and other matters, elect and appoint members to central state organs, and determine major state issues.