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Dr M: With better infrastructure should come better understanding of cultures, values China News

BEIJING: While the Belt and Road Initiative will help to improve connections and help foster development, it is also important to promote and accept the diversity of culture and value for the sake of world peace, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said there should not be just one single value system for the world because many countries were not prepared for it.
'We need to tolerate different cultures and values,' he said at a leaders roundtable session at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation here on Saturday (April 27).
The Prime Minister said although the world had made tremendous progress in technology, there was no commensurate progress in forging better understanding between peoples.
'We need to improve connections, such as better roads, railways and lines of communication. We also need to make connections by learning different languages and new approaches to education,' Dr said Mahathir.
'Asians should be allowed to preserve their own values. We should not impose one single value (on others). When certain values are (forcefully) imposed, it will be disruptive, resulting in violence,' he pointed out.
He said the BRI would not only help to foster development, it could also help to promote a better understanding of people of different races, cultures and values.
'Only through understanding can we reap the benefits of an interconnected world,' he added.
Dr Mahathir said the BRI, which he thought was only meant for the eastern part of the world, had extended to other parts of the globe.
He said he believed the initiatives would contribute to making the world more peaceful and connected while reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.
The Prime Minister is on a five-day trip here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. He participated in a leaders' roundtable session, where he delivered his views and ideas on topics like strengthening policy synergy and building closer partnership.
Dr Mahathir was greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he arrived at Yanqi Lake Exhibition Center, located on the outskirts of the Chinese capital, for the forum.
Nearly 40 world leaders and over 100 representatives from countries along the Belt and Road attended the event, which wrapped up on Saturday.
Dr Mahathir alter visited the Malaysia Durian Festival here.
He witnessed the exchange of documents between PLS Plantation and four companies - FGV Holdings from Malaysia and China's Shanghai Greenland Group, ZTE Corporation and PTSKY - for the distribution and promotion of the King of Fruits in the country.

Source : The Star Online
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