Belt and Road Forum: Beijing hopes summit will pave way for more deals

Xi gunning for public relations coup for pet project as world and business leaders roll into town

Chinese paramilitary personnel marching past a decor for the Belt and Road Forum outside the special plane terminal of the Beijing International airport. The summit, which starts today, boasts a hefty guest list of world leaders, including from all 1
Chinese paramilitary personnel marching past a decor for the Belt and Road Forum outside the special plane terminal of the Beijing International airport. The summit, which starts today, boasts a hefty guest list of world leaders, including from all 10 Asean member-states, and 800 chief executives. President Xi Jinping will be hoping more countries will sign on to his Belt and Road Initiative linking Asia to the world through maritime and land trade routes.PHOTO: EPA

As President Xi Jinping rolls out the red carpet today for 37 heads of state and more than 5,000 government officials and business leaders in the country's most important diplomatic event of the year, he will be gunning for a big public relations victory that will hopefully turn the tide on the controversies that have besieged his pet Belt and Road campaign.

And, chalk up more deals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Beijing hopes summit will pave way for more deals'. Subscribe