China defends Belt and Road but vows to battle debt

BEIJING (AFP) – China launched yesterday a staunch defence of its Belt and Road global infrastructure project as it opened a summit with a pledge to ease concerns about debt linked to its signature foreign policy. President Xi Jinping’s pet project is a reboot of the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin