President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: ReutersPresident Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Never mind the ‘Belt and Road’ cash, what about China’s growing clout?

Despite billions of dollars in pledges from Beijing, sceptics question China’s strategic motives

Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative
President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: ReutersPresident Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
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