Xi Jinping waves as he leaves after a press conference at the closing of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping makes plenty of promises on belt and road plan, but can China deliver?

  • Chinese president vows to stick to international rules and standards as he seeks to show that Beijing is paying heed to concerns
  • Joint statement issued after three-day summit emphasises financial sustainability, pollution control and anti-corruption efforts
Topic |   Belt and Road: 2019 Forum

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Xi Jinping waves as he leaves after a press conference at the closing of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AP
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Attendees pick up copies of a book on President Xi Jinping’s governance at the forum’s media centre in Beijing on Friday. Photo: AP

Can China do soft power? Poorly organised yet tightly controlled forum raises questions

  • Major diplomatic conference lacked a clear schedule and sufficient content, some attendees complain
  • Tight media control meanwhile made it difficult for China to project openness, a theme at the belt and road event
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Attendees pick up copies of a book on President Xi Jinping’s governance at the forum’s media centre in Beijing on Friday. Photo: AP
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