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Belt and Road: What They're Saying

TRANSPARENCY SOLOMON ISLANDS
Statement on the recent high-level delegation visit to China

"It is not a secret that China is the most assertive donor nation offering funding and development assistance that exploit governance gaps in countries with weak or corrupt structures, and makes the gaps wider."

RUTH BANOMYONG
Department of International Business, Thammasat University
On the Thailand-China high-speed railway’s contract conditions

"Everyone expected a Chinese consultancy company, but didn't expect the non-liability factor. Officials are familiar with other infrastructure projects, but have not seen conditions like this."

GUO SHAOCHUN
Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Speaking during Cyclone Idai assistance handover ceremony

"We support [the] efforts of Zimbabwe to uphold its sovereignty, national security and developmental interests. We do this because we understand how Zimbabwe feels about being interfered and sanctioned. It is an old trick for the U.S. to use sanctions to interfere in other countries' internal affairs in furthering its own interests."

YAO JING
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan
Responding to criticism that progress on CPEC has stalled

"[The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] is actually a long-term project. There is no specification of speed. Right now, we are working on community-based projects. The progress of the project cannot be judged by speed."


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