1. SiLKS held the online Annual Meeting 2020 on September 29, 2020 to celebrate our 5th anniversary, with the aim to deepen global partnership, consolidate the multilateralism, and promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era.
2. We* recognize that the raging COVID-19 has posed a severe threat to the life and health of people around the world and taken a heavy toll on global sustainable development. Countries are confronted with the arduous tasks to control the epidemic, stabilize the economy, and protect livelihoods. Fellow Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner countries, in particular, face even greater challenges in social and economic development. To stem the spread of coronavirus and score a global victory over the pandemic, countries should render mutual support and assistance, bearing in mind that mankind is a community with a shared future, and jointly build a global community of health for all.
3. We oppose the attempts to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic, label the virus, and stigmatize any particular country, and discriminatory words and deeds against any country, region, nation or individual. We should strengthen mutual trust and respect and respond to the pandemic through strong, coordinated multilateral measures.
4. We are convinced that solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapon to defeat the virus, overcome the crisis and embark on sustainable economic recovery. It’s imperative to defend the UN-centered global governance system, support the leadership of the WHO in global public health governance, and make collective COVID-19 response and economic recovery efforts under global and regional mechanisms of the G20, BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) (17+1), Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) , etc.
5. We call on all parties to uphold globalization and multilateralism, oppose unilateralism and protectionism, step up coordination of international macroeconomic regulation and economic stimulus packages, maintain stability in global industrial chains and supply chains, safeguard the multilateral trading system with the WTO as the core, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, build an open world economy, and make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced, and beneficial for all in the post-COVID-19 era.
6. We welcome the Joint Statement of the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation, and with it, the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, the philosophy of open, green and clean cooperation, and the pursuit of high-standard, people-centered and sustainable development. It’s necessary to strengthen both infrastructure connectivity and alignment of development policies among countries as well as international rules and standards, enhance results-oriented cooperation in finance and trade, innovation and technology, and people-to-people exchanges, and make the BRI a model of cooperation, health, recovery, and growth.
7. We look to countries, especially BRI partner countries, to reinforce international cooperation in COVID-19-related testing, treatment, and vaccine and medicine development, offer the vaccine as an available and affordable global public good, and lend greater support to developing countries in Africa and Latin America in epidemic containment and capacity building, in order to jointly build a Silk Road for Health.
8. We encourage partners to advance practical Belt and Road cooperation while containing the epidemic, explore new sources of growth like telemedicine, e-learning, digital economy, e-commerce, 5G, artificial intelligence, and foster new bright spots in the Digital Silk Road.
9. Recalling the Three Year Work Plan for the Development of Silk Road Think Tank Network 2019-2021, adopted by the SiLKS 2018 Annual Meeting and listed as a deliverable of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, we expect members and partners to carry the mission of “Promoting the Silk Road Spirit, and Seeking Global Common Development”, and engage in collaborative research, discussions, knowledge sharing, and international communication on relevant topics in epidemic control, economic recovery, and high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. We aim to build SiLKS into a world-leading and influential network of think tanks with sound governance, adequate funding, dynamic academic exchanges, and meaningful research outcomes, and provide high-standard intellectual support to high-quality Belt and Road cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era.
*Following SiLKS members and partners agree with the joint initiative (in alphabetical order): African Capacity Building Foundation, African Economic Research Consortium of Kenya, Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council of Thailand, Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development of Serbia, Centre for Strategic and International Studies of Indonesia, Development Research Center of the State Council of China, East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, Geoeconomic Forum of Croatia, Institute of Development Studies of UK, Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mekong Institute, Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, National Center of Strategic Planning of Peru, The National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic, OECD Development Centre, Pakistan-China Institute, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations of Russian Academy of Sciences,Századvég Foundation of Hungary, The S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Toledo International Center for Peace of Spain, The 48 Group Club of UK ,Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit,United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, etc.