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No ‘backroom deals’ in new Silk Road initiative


BEIJING: China’s huge Belt and Road initiative to build a new Silk Road will respect global rules and be free of “backroom deals”, the foreign minister said, defending one of President Xi Jinping’s key policies.

Unveiled in 2013, the Belt and Road project is aimed at connecting China by land and sea to South-East Asia, Pakistan and Central Asia, and beyond to the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

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