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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:20 PM

Belt and Road forum: China's 'project of the century' hits tough times

Source: The Guardian

Belt and Road forum: China's 'project of the century' hits tough times

Raft of countries including Turkey have refused to attend latest summit amid growing concern about debt diplomacy

Lily Kuo in Beijing
Thu 25 Apr 2019 01.29 BST Last modified on Thu 25 Apr 2019 01.37 BST

As China fetes its Belt and Road initiative at a summit this week, Chinese officials will be working hard to defend the flagship project from growing international criticism.

The three-day forum starting on Thursday is meant to promote Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s “project of the century”, a foreign policy initiative launched in 2013 to revive ancient trading routes between Asia and Europe, as well as build new links in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

But in contrast to its first summit two years ago, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) takes place in a much less welcoming environment. Critics say the initiative is an effort to cement Chinese influence around the world by financially binding countries to Beijing by way of “debt trap diplomacy”.

“The ‘Belt and Road initiative’ (BRI) is not a geopolitical tool but a platform for cooperation,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said last week, ahead of the forum “We welcome all parties to take part in it.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/25/belt-and-road-forum-chinas-project-of-the-century-hits-tough-times

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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:37 PM

1. Another "Dear China- it's over" article

wishful thinking from the former imperial masters.

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