BEIJING - China on Wednesday refuted a US research group report
on the Belt and Road Initiative, reiterating that the initiative aims
to achieve win-win economic cooperation.
According to the Associated Press, after analyzing 15 Chinese-funded
port projects, a research institute called C4ADS concluded that the
projects were not driven by win-win economic development, but intended
to expand China's "political influence and military presence."
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stressed at a daily press
briefing that the Belt and Road Initiative is essentially about economic
cooperation, and the core concept of the initiative is to promote
common development by advancing connectivity in infrastructure and other
The initiative has gained support from more than 100 countries and
international organizations, with more than 80 of them signing
cooperation agreements with China.
She noted this worldwide support would never have been impossible
were the initiative not adapted to the trend of the times and beneficial
to people of various countries.
The spokesperson emphasized that the initiative has been open and
transparent, with all participants involved in consultations in both
planning and project implementation.
"China has no geopolitical calculations, seeks no exclusionary blocs and imposes no business deals on others," she said.
"Belt and Road is a mutually beneficial and win-win initiative," Hua
said, adding that it will allow other countries to share opportunities
from China's development and help solve development problems facing the
"During the Belt and Road construction, the Chinese side sticks to
market rules and takes all parties's interests and concerns into
consideration," Hua said..
She added that a large number of relevant cooperation projects are
being carried out, and they have bettered the local economy and
benefited the local people.