"Washington's participation in the Belt and Road initiative will have knock-on effects, encouraging its allies to see the initiative from a more rational and objective perspective, and thus help win Beijing and its infrastructure projects more worldwide understanding and influence".
India would have joined "very happily" in the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative of China, said Sarath Amanugama, Sri Lanka's Minister on Special Assignment. What kind of positive attitude does the spokesperson want China to hold?
"Over the past four years since the project was initiated, we have been holding the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits" for the Belt and Road initiative, she said. The meeting was attended by 29 world leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Mr. Hu underscored that the despite the Indian government's persisting scepticism of the Belt and Road Initiative and opposition to the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), "breakthroughs are still likely to come considering that the Modi government's sub-regional cooperation plan aligns with the Initiative".
Some 1,500 people from more than 100 countries gathered here Sunday and Monday for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. "Our ideas and actions are clear to all, and you can see that from the response from the global community", she said. "You can see the response of the global community towards this forum".
In an opinion piece published Sunday, China's state-run Global Times said it was "regrettable" that India had made a decision to boycott the event but the project would go ahead, with or without New Delhi's support.
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"At Rio Tinto, our business sees the potential from a greater focus on infrastructure through the Belt and Road", he said.
Germany said its firms are willing to support the initiative, but more transparency is needed, Reuters reported.
"I think our position has been clear and we are always waiting. However, the absence of New Delhi in the B&R has not affected the forum in Beijing, and it will exert even less effect on the progress the initiative will make in the world", it said.
The CPEC has emerged as a thorny issue between India and China, whose ties have been under strain over issues including Beijing blocking New Delhi's bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India last month. It is an open initiative and welcomes various parties, Hua said.
"We should build an open platform of cooperation and uphold and grow an open world economy", Xi told the opening of the summit.
The ministry's comment came after the central government announced on Sunday that the country will offer assistance to developing countries and global organizations participating in the initiative to improve the well-being of people in those nations as well as sustainable growth.
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