14 May '17, 5am

#China #infra

#China #infra

BEIJING (AFP) - China opened its Silk Road summit Sunday (May 14) to showcase its ambitious plans to revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. President Xi Jinping hailed the initiative for a massive network of rail and maritime links - dubbed One Belt, One Road - as "a project of the century" in his address to delegates at the two-day conference in Beijing. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the 29 leaders expected to attend, along with delegations from North Korea and the United States. Few Western leaders are taking part. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up Beijing's grand vision - unveiled by Xi in 2013 - includes the "Silk Road Economic Belt", which extends from China to central Asia through Europe, linking northern Xi'an city with Dushanbe in Tajikistan, Moscow, Rotterdam and V...

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