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Belt and Road: What They're Saying

JAPAN'S MINISTRY OF DEFENSE "Defense of Japan 2019" Annual White Paper " Furthermore, while it is thought that the [Belt and Road] Initiative includes a strategic intention to expand its influence in the region, it is possible that the construction of infrastructure based on the Initiative will further promote the activities of the PLA in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and elsewhere.  " WU HAITAO CHINA'S DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTIVE TO THE UN Speaking at a meeting of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly " We should advance together the building of the Belt and Road to achieve high-quality development. The international community should build a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation. " CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI-WELLS AUSTRALIA'S MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Speaking to  The Australian newspaper  on Beijing’s regional influence " You’ve got th

Xi meets with Pakistani PM

TRIVIUM CHINA Xi Jinping met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Wednesday. Some context:  Khan has a lot of asks for Beijing. He wants more Chinese support for Pakistan in its ongoing conflict with India over Kashmir – the issue has become more heated after India revoked Kashmir's special status in August. Khan also wants to secure Chinese support to keep Pakistan off an international terror financing blacklist that would severely impede Pakistan's ability to raise funds. Finally, Pakistan also needs Chinese money and investment as it teeters on the edge of an economic crisis. More context:  Xi Jinping is heading to India on Friday to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So Khan wanted to make sure to get in Xi's ear before the trip. So far, there is scant reporting on what the two leaders talked about. Khan also met with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday. Li promised more economic cooperation (Xinhua): “He said China is ready to work