Video: Belt and Road Forum 2019: Infrastructure or Influence Peddling?
In China’s capital Beijing, the 2019 Belt and Road forum is kicking off. Political leaders and business representatives from some 40 countries, including Russia and Germany, are expected to join to learn more about China’s new Silk Road. One of the routes will run through Central Asia and Moscow to Rotterdam. There’ll be roads and railways, as well as power stations, telecommunications networks and pipelines. The Maritime Silk Road will connect China with Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, with China already investing billions in infrastructure projects along the way. But critics warn that president Xi’s pet project plunges partners into debt while giving China more power.