Chinese President, Xi Jinping, on Friday said that China would consider hosting the third Belt Road Forum for International Cooperation in 2023, which would be the first staging of the event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Belt Road is Xi’s signature infrastructure investment initiative, and previous editions of the forum, in 2017 and 2019, drew leaders and officials from dozens of countries.
However, China has all-but-shut its borders since COVID, and cancelled most big in-person international events that it had been due to host.
China has recently begun to ease some elements of its strict zero-COVID policy, even as the country battles surging outbreaks in numerous cities, with many analysts predicting more significant opening up starting in March or April.
Xi spoke at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering in Bangkok.
In February, Beijing staged the Winter Olympics inside a “closed loop’’.
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