Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP
Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP

China turns on the charm to get its belt and road plan back on track

  • Beijing’s diplomats are leading a global effort to breathe new life into the stalled multibillion-dollar scheme, but observers say revitalising it in a post-pandemic world will not be easy
  • China said in June that about 60 per cent of projects under the plan had been affected in some way by the global health crisis

Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP
Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo last week. Photo: AFP
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