Belt and Road: 2017 Summit

German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries waves as she arrives for a group photo on the second and last day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 15. Photo: EPA

Why Europe and the US cannot ignore China’s belt and road

China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is gathering momentum. Enthusiasm for the promise of vast infrastructure projects, investment and more “connectivity” is great, but it seems to cool closer to the most developed parts of Europe and the US.