China will host a second Belt and Road International Forum in 2019, President Xi Jinping announced on Monday.

Addressing the media on the second and last day of the forum meeting, Xi said 68 countries have signed the agreement of cooperation.

This year's summit was attended by leaders of 29 countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

India gave the grand event a miss, opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key component of the Belt and Road project.