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Quotes on Belt and Road

ANUSORN TAMJAI
(FORMER) BOARD MEMBER, BANK OF THAILAND
On construction of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail

"Thailand must have a strategy to create a balance between investments of different countries, not to depend on or be biased toward just a certain country. If we lose the ability to maintain the balance, we could be overpowered and influenced by the Chinese capital."

KARIN KNEISSL
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRIA
Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review about Chinese investment in Europe

"China is getting influence in Southeast Europe. I am watching with great concern. It is a vacuum. I am very concerned about it. China is not only an investor; China is acting as a geopolitical player."

TESHOME TOGA CHANAKA
ETHIOPIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
On Chinese lending for the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway project

"We are negotiating with China as to how to manage the debt, to make it sustainable and try to reduce some distress that comes from debt … and there is substantial progress."

HEIKO MAAS
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, GERMANY
Interview with Welt Am Sonntag on Italy joining the Belt and Road

"And if some countries should think they can do clever deals with the Chinese, they will come down to earth with a bump and find themselves dependent on China. Lucrative offers in the short term acquire a bitter after-taste sooner than you might expect."


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