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Pressure on as Xi's 'Belt and Road' enshrined in Chinese party charter

The plan is a vehicle for China to take a greater role on the international stage by funding and building global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries

Reuters  |  Shanghai 

Chinese President Xi Jinping's vast "Belt and Road" infrastructure project was unexpectedly included in the ruling Communist Party's constitution on Tuesday, giving it greater policy heft and added pressure to succeed. The party's amended charter, approved at the close of its twice-a-decade congress, pledged to "pursue the Belt and Road initiative", a further sign of Xi's expanding power and evidence that the ambitious "Silk Road"-like initiative will endure beyond Xi's tenure. It also underscores how the Communist Party has ...

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First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 17:59 IST