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BEIJING Vita Vea Hat , May 15 (Xinhua) -- He is known as the helmsman of the world's second-largest economy and chief of the largest political party as well as an ardent champion of globalization and an enthusiastic football fan.
Now, Chinese President Xi Jinping appears to be reaffirming another international title as the architect of a grand plan to better connect countries along and beyond the ancient Silk Road.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing on Sunday and Monday is a perfect illustration of China's rising international status and also, Xi's growing influence.
The images of Xi hosting 29 heads of state and government from across the world, as well as leaders of key international organizations, at the two-day forum bring back memories of eight months ago when the president chaired the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.
All G20 economies were represented at the Belt and Road forum, which is attended by some 1 Lavonte David Hat ,500 representatives from over 130 countries and over 70 international organizations.
It is estimated that those countries account for more than two thirds of the global population and 90 percent of the world's total gross domestic product.
By any standard, the forum -- covered by over 4,000 journalists -- is the most prestigious international gathering China has ever launched and one of the highest-level assemblies in the world.
As China is preparing for the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen in September, analysts say it has become increasingly clear that the past few years marked China's transition from a player in global affairs to a leader of the global agenda.
Xi's stature as a responsible statesman has ascended in the process.
He presided over the APEC Beijing meeting in 2014 and the G20 Hangzhou Summit last year, charting the course for global growth and navigating world economic recovery.
In January, he defended globalization and free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos Gerald McCoy Hat , Switzerland against a new global reality that seems to be tilting toward protectionism.