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China responds to BRI concerns but change won't come quickly

President Xi Jinping has pledged that the BRI will be "open, green and clean" in response to accusations that it lacked transparency, facilitated corruption and that some projects contributed to pollution.
President Xi Jinping has pledged that the BRI will be "open, green and clean" in response to accusations that it lacked transparency, facilitated corruption and that some projects contributed to pollution.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials have made the right noises about addressing criticism of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to build infrastructure linking China to Asia, Africa and Europe.

At the recently concluded biennial summit of the BRI in Beijing, Mr Xi pledged that it will be "open, green and clean", in response to accusations that it lacked transparency, facilitated corruption and that some projects contributed to pollution.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2019, with the headline 'China responds to BRI concerns but change won't come quickly'. Print Edition | Subscribe