(Yicai Global) May 18 -- The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing on May 14 through May 16. Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the leaders' roundtable summit which attracted leaders from 30 countries and representatives from the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
The One Belt, One Road initiative has attracted worldwide attention and sparked heated discussions on social media platform Twitter.
The number of tweets about the strategy has been on the rise since the start of the year, peaking around the opening of the Belt and Road Forum on May 14.
The forum led to a rapid increase in tweets about the initiative
Most of the tweets mentioning 'One Belt, One Road' published while the forum was running came from South Asia, the US, Japan and South Korea.
Most of the hashtags mentioning Belt and Road are in English. All of the following were used frequently, with #BeltandRoad being the most popular
People kept a close eye on the Belt and Road Forum on Twitter, and talked about the initiative and its impact on their own country
World leaders and representatives from the UN, WB and IMF attending the forum shared their thoughts to Twitter users around the world.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak used his personal Twitter account to praise President Xi for his visionary remarks on the Belt and Road
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres forwarded his speech from the forum's opening ceremony
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras uploaded a photo with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to his personal Twitter with the #BeltandRoad hashtag
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta shared a group photo of himself and other world leaders at the forum, and a photo of Xi Jinping
Chief Executive of the International Trade Center Arancha Gonzalez shares her Chinese name card on Twitter
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she was glad to be back in Beijing
Turkish President Recep Erdogan expressed his confidence in the Belt and Road initiative
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic shared his photo with President Xi and talked of China as Serbia's friend
In such countries as Singapore, Pakistan, Australia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Poland, hashtags relating to 'One Belt, One Road' and 'China' are all very popular