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'One Belt, One Road' is nobody’s geopolitical tool: Chinese Ambassador to Britain

(People's Daily Online)    08:37, May 27, 2015

Liu Xiaoming (Photo/Chinanews)

Some Westerners are determined to portray China with prejudice and suspicion. "One Belt, One Road" is said to be a power play by China on the geopolitical chessboard. It is claimed that there are 'strategic motives' behind it. The fact is that "One Belt, One Road" is not a geopolitical tool of any country, but a public good that China is providing to the international community, said Liu Xiaoming, China's Ambassador to Britain, on May 21.

Liu said this at a banquet marking the establishment of the seventh anniversary of "Young Icebreakers" when explaining issues about "One Belt, One Road" .

The "One Road, One Belt" initiative has no military considerations and has nothing to do with any disputes, it focuses only on economic cooperation and people-to-people exchange, Ambassador Liu pointed out. The geopolitical impact, if one has to give it some kind of geographical significance, is to improve interconnection and promote cooperation and development along the route, which will add impetus to global economic growth and forge a stable plate for world peace.

Some also allege that China hopes to reshape the international economic order and have a bigger say on the global stage through "One Belt, One Road". Actually, it does not aim to replace the existing regional cooperation mechanisms and initiatives, but further drive interconnection and complementary advantages in the economies of the countries along the route, said Liu.

“One Belt, One Road” is definitely not a "one man show" by China. The countries along the route will all have their say. It is not a monopoly of any sort. All participants are equal. Decisions will be made through consultations and actions will be taken jointly, Liu further explained.


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