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Belt and Road: What They're Saying

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York

"We are forced to [finance infrastructure using Chinese loans], because we just couldn't afford it. Our approach is to save our finances. We cannot afford to build these very expensive railway lines. Whether we like it or not, we have to go to the Chinese and appeal to them, point out that we are ready to partner."

CHRISTOPHER FORD
Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. State Department
Remarks at the Multilateral Action on Sensitive Technologies (MAST) Conference

"Though they may have formally private ownership and operate in the national and in the international marketplace, global Chinese firms – including Huawei – are in key ways not genuinely private companies and do not make decisions entirely for economic and commercial reason."

MARK MCGOWAN
Premier, Western Australia
Addressing the state’s Property Council

"If I can make one plea to this audience full of very significant people in Western Australia and Australia: keeping our relationship strong with China is extremely important and we shouldn't throw it away. There is a move nationally to undermine [relations with Beijing] and I find that very dangerous for our economy. Above everything else we've talked about, more dangerous than anything else."

PAVEL POPESCU
Representative, Romania's National Liberal Party
On efforts to ban Huawei from Romania's 5G auction this year

"We need to protect our strategic interests and there's a lot of suspicion lingering around. It's crucially urgent to block any public deals, contracts, and tenders with [Huawei]."


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