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Jakarta Post

Belt and Road Initiative is open and inclusive: China

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  02:38 am

China calls its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) an open and inclusive process rather than an “exclusive club”, saying any country with goodwill and capability is welcome to participate.

In the last five years, there had been questions, misunderstandings and even accusations of the BRI, said Jiang Qin, Chargé d’Affaires at the Chinese Mission to ASEAN.

“Some wonder, what will BRI bring to the regional countries? Some may be concerned that BRI is China’s geopolitical tool to expand its own interests and influence. Some may doubt whether China will allow third parties to participate and benefit,” she said in a prepared speech at a dinner reception to celebrate the 2018 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on Monday evening in Jakarta.

Jiang said in fact, many ASEAN dialogue partners had already been part of it.

“In some projects, we can find multiparty coo...