On April 18, 2017, when answering question on how many countries were included in the "Belt and Road" from the journalist at the briefing for Chinese and foreign media on the "Belt and Road" Forum for International Cooperation held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that since the cultural and historical genes came from the ancient Silk Road, therefore, the "Belt and Road" has taken Eurasia as a major area and extended to relevant countries and regions step by step. Meanwhile, we have no intention to designate a clear geographic bound for the "Belt and Road", because it is an initiative for international cooperation in its essence, and should be open to all like-minded countries and regions. The initiative is not a member club, but a circle of friends with extensive participation, and this point of view could be told by representatives of more than 100 countries attending the forum.
Wang Yi said that the globalization is increasingly deepened in today's world, with continuous integration of interests among all countries, providing opportunities for cooperation and development to all countries. As long as we agree with the Silk Road spirit, we are equal partners, and we could participate in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" with respective appropriate manners, as well as share opportunities from the development of the "Belt and Road".