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“China follows the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration in engaging in global governance.” David Arnold, president and CEO of the Asia Foundation, told in the Second World Philanthropy Forum that was jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Tsinghua University in Beijing on November 29, 2017.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through offices in 18 countries, the foundation addresses the critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century by strengthening governance, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environmental resilience, empowering women, and promoting international cooperation.

He cited China’s poverty reduction as an example.

“I think the world recognizes what a major achievement China has made in recent decades in reducing poverty,” Arnold said. “There’s great appreciation and recognition for the remarkable progress that China has achieved in this regard.”

Since its Reform and Opening Up, China has lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty, which accounts for 70% of the global reduction in the number of people living in absolute poverty. China aims to eradicate absolute rural poverty by 2020.

“China has a lot of experience to share with the rest of the worldand will continue to play its part as a major and responsible country,” He said.

As the practice of the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, has become a cooperation platform for other countries.

Arnold noted that BRI has particular relevance and interests for the Asia Foundation, because it operates in 18 countries throughout Asia, many of which are part of the initiative.

“We frankly welcome and encourage efforts to improve conductivity, and economic integration and cooperation across Asia, and between Asia and the rest of the world.” He said. “I also want to increase awareness of China’s overseas development initiatives in various countries across the region.”

“We have been working quite actively with Chinese NGOs, whether it’s providing disaster relief in places like Nepal, after the earthquake, or engaging in development activities in neighboring countries of Asia.” Arnold said. “We see that as a very important element of BRI.”

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