China’s ‘Belt and Road’ diplomacy

Peace and Freedom

By the time this column is published I will be in Beijing for the China’s “Belt and Road” forum. It will be full house. The two-day forum is “President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy project connecting the ancient Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

The forum is the major international event of the year, with 29 heads of state or government to be in attendance (along with, of course, Xi himself). and of course our very own Philippine President Digong.

According to Xinhua, “More than 1,200 people will attend the forum among them officials, scholars, entrepreneurs, representatives of financial institutions, and media organizations from 110 nations. If the New York Times sends a reporter, China is counting the United States in that “110 (now 130) nations” figure.


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