China welcomes more international institutions to take part in the Belt and Road initiative and jointly provide better public services and goods for countries along the route, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday.
Xi made the remark during a meeting with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Beijing before the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation starting Thursday.
Xi said China appreciates Lagarde’s efforts to promote cooperation between the IMF and China and her support to the Belt and Road initiative. China is looking forward to deeper cooperation with the fund, the president said.
Lagarde said the Belt and Road Initiative is an important manifestation of China's leadership in international affairs and lauded China’s role in supporting multilateralism.
China will host 37 heads of state and government for the second Belt and Road Forum April 25-27 in Beijing.