China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Although Beijing insists that its Belt and Road Initiative has no geopolitical motives, the project has been at the centre of an increasing number of political controversies, foreign and domestic

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China is keen to defend its initiative from criticism overseas and dissent domestically

Partners have found BRI to be a blessing or a curse, or both

Vice-minister Le Yucheng rejects criticism, says China is providing much-needed infrastructure

Organisations are seeking to carve a slice from the $1tn of spending

Project to fill gap in historic connection will facilitate mineral exports to China

Mahathir’s election prompts other partners to wonder how they might renegotiate terms

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