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Belt and Road Initiative not a 'Chinese plot': Xi tries to allay concerns

Visiting China in January, French President Emmanuel Macron said Belt and Road could not be "one way"

Reuters  |  Beijing 

President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy plan to build a new "Silk Road" of infrastructure and trade links between China and Eurasia is not a "Chinese plot", Xi said on Wednesday, according to state media. Xi's Belt and Road Initiative, unveiled in 2013, aims to bolster a sprawling network of land and sea links with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. At a summit last May, Xi pledged $126 billion for the plan, but has failed to overcome suspicion in Western capitals, where officials suspect the professed desire to ...

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:46 IST