The first Belt and Road Forum, held two years ago, was attended by the senior White House official for Asia. Photo: AP

US leaders to skip China’s belt and road summit as financing and governance concerns persist

  • Top officials from Washington opt against joining almost 40 leaders China says will head to Beijing in late April
  • ‘We will continue to raise concerns about opaque financing practices, poor governance and disregard for internationally accepted norms,’ spokesperson says
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The first Belt and Road Forum, held two years ago, was attended by the senior White House official for Asia. Photo: AP
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Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel at the Paris meeting. Photo: EPA-EFE

EU leaders hold out olive branch to Chinese ‘rival’ by saying they want active role in ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

  • Angela Merkel says Europe is still keen to participate in infrastructure scheme that US dubbed a ‘vanity project’
  • EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker seeks to reassure Chinese leader Xi Jinping that view of China as ‘strategic rival’ is a compliment
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Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel at the Paris meeting. Photo: EPA-EFE
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