The Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) was launched in 2017 as a response to one of proposals of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 1st Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation. BRNN facilitates its members to tell the stories about the BRI in a way that could shape healthy public opinion, and helps the BRI yield more substantial results for people living in countries along the Belt and Road.
Up to now, BRNN has 208 media organizations from 98 countries worldwide as its members, among which 40 media groups are council members. People’s Daily assumes the council chair. The network’s Secretariat locates at People’s Daily.
BRNN First Council Meeting was held in Beijing on April 23, 2019 before the opening of the 2nd BRF. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the meeting. 40 media organizations as its council members gathered at People’s Daily headquarters and deliberated and voted to pass BRNN’s basic documents.
To achieve shared growth through discussion and collaboration, BRNN shall adhere to the principles of mutual respect, equal consultation, mutual assistance and benefits, and voluntarism, as well as uphold the Silk Road spirit characterized by “peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit.”
BRNN will give full play to the media's social role, tap into the unique advantages of media in communication, and build an open, cooperative platform.
BRNN is committed to facilitating policy coordination, facility connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds among countries and regions jointly building the Belt and Road. BRNN is also committed to turning the Belt and Road into a road of peace, prosperity, openness, green development, innovation and togetherness for different civilizations.
BRNN promotes the development of international relations, better understanding and mutual trust among all countries involved, as well as cultural and friendly exchanges between the people who live there, and contributes to regional economic prosperity, world peace and development.