“The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can play a positive role in helping bridge the divide in Europe, where development remains unbalanced despite years of economic integration and cohesion efforts, said former Slovenian President Danilo Turk.

Eastern Europe has generally been less developed historically and part of that problem has been addressed through movement of manufacturing as well as the cohesion policies that see investment in infrastructure and services in these regions, said Turk.

“If we are smart, if we are wise, we can use the Belt and Road (Initiative) as a third element in the picture,” Turk told Xinhua in a recent interview after attending a forum named Belt & Road Dialogue co-organized by Cambridge Oriental Culture Association and Intellectual Forum of Jesus College Cambridge.” (Xinhua)