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BELT and ROAD: What They're Saying

UELI MAURER
President of the Swiss Confederation
Interview with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung

"It is clear that countries will go into debt. You cannot pay for these projects with cash. But you have to make sure that the debt does not surpass a country’s capacity to pay or create a dependency."

PETER ALTMAIER
Minister of Economy, Germany
On whether Germany will sign a Belt and Road agreement

"In the big EU states, we have agreed that we don’t want to sign any bilateral memorandums, but together make necessary arrangements between the greater European Economic Area and the economic area of Greater China."

AMEL KOVACEVIC
Minister of Finance, Bosnia and Herzegovina
On Chinese investment in Central and Eastern Europe

"China won’t question whether you actually need a road built. How can you blame someone for working in their own interest?"

CHINA FINANCE 40 FORUM
Excerpt from research report on Belt and Road financing

"The construction of the Belt and Road Initiative not only provides an important starting point for China to participate in global financial governance, but also provides a rare opportunity for China to integrate and even lead international rules."

U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
Excerpt from the 2019 China Military Power Report

"Some [Belt and Road] investments could create potential military advantages for China, should China require access to selected foreign ports to pre-position the necessary logistics support to sustain naval deployments in waters as distant as the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean to protect its growing interests."


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