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China must ensure transparency to boost credibility of Belt and Road projects, former US diplomat says

China must ensure transparency surrounding the projects under its controversial Belt and Road Initiative to attract international investors, said Daniel Russel, the vice-president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former top US diplomat in Asia.The strategy is the cornerstone of President Xi Jinping’s foreign policy that seeks to build infrastructure projects and improve global trade to connect Asia with Africa and Europe, but it has attracted a barrage of criticisms from China’s… Source link

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Asian nations not forced to choose between US and China despite trade war, says senior US diplomat

Washington is not forcing Asian companies or nations to choose between trading with the United States and China, a senior American diplomat said in Hong Kong on Tuesday.However, in pointed remarks that appeared to be directed at Beijing, the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, railed against “unfair protectionist measures” that “undermine growth”.“Our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific excludes no nation. It is important to emphasise that we’re not asking anyone to choose between… Source link

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China expert and former US diplomat believes deal to end trade war will happen before summer

A former US diplomat and China strategist has added his voice to the growing chorus of experts who believe a short-term resolution to the trade war can be reached within months. Andy Rothman, who spent 17 years in the US foreign service, focused on China, and is now an investment strategist, thinks a deal could be struck by the summer, with domestic issues leading to increased motivation on both sides to make an agreement. China is facing an economic slowdown that is beginning to show up in regional growth data,…

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