Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chinese media told not to mention Belt and Road investments by country

"Attending the first Belt and Road Forum will allow us to add a distinctly New Zealand voice and perspective", Mr Goldsmith said.

Nepal's Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and Ambassador of China to Nepal Yu Hong signed and exchanged the MoU on behalf of their governments at the presence of Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat.

Under the agreement, the United States welcomes China to receive imports of liquefied natural gas from the United States, and the two countries will work to resolve outstanding issues for the import of China origin cooked poultry to the United States "as soon as possible". "Roads and railways connectivity is important for us and we want investment in this sector", Mahat said. "It will also pursue efforts aimed at fulfilling its ambitious One Belt One Road initiative to expand their strategic influence and economic role across Asia through infrastructure projects", Daniel Coats, director of National Intelligence told members of the Senate Select Committee during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

Openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit are the defining features of the initiative.

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"The growth is faster than the global average", said the official at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office, hailing the prominent progress scored by China and en-route countries in terms of trade and economic cooperation.

Reaching from east to west, the Silk Road Economic Belt will extend to Europe through Central Asia and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road will link sea lanes to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

South Korea also announced today it would send a delegation, underlining a change in climate of recently strained ties with China following last week's election. After a month-long consultation, the Nepalese side had sent back the draft to Beijing with some changes.

Currently, more than 100 countries and worldwide organizations have voiced their support for the Belt and Road Initiative, among which more than 40 have signed cooperation agreements with China.

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