Xi Jinping sought to allay doubts about the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping tries to stem rising chorus of doubts over Belt and Road Initiative

  • Speech to Belt and Road Forum strikes more measured tone compared with two years previously and seeks to address range of criticisms over project
  • Chinese leader’s pledges include moves to improve transparency, avoid the risk of a debt trap and open up the country’s economy
Topic |   Belt and Road: 2019 Forum

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Xi Jinping sought to allay doubts about the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: Reuters
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Xi Jinping walks on stage to deliver his speech. Photo: EPA-EFE

Belt and road delegates welcome Xi Jinping’s pledges, but now they want action to back them up

  • Chinese president promised to open up economy and work with other countries, but one diplomat said these were ‘largely the same’ as previous pledges
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Xi Jinping walks on stage to deliver his speech. Photo: EPA-EFE
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