The United States will not assign the top-level officials for attending the second Belt of China and Road summit in Beijing this month, informed by the representative for the US State Department mentioning “concerns” about sponsoring practices for the project.
The top diplomat of China, Yang Jiechi told on Saturday, that almost 40 foreign leaders would take part in the summit for being organized in Beijing in late April. He declined criticisms of the project as “ prejudiced”.
The first summit for the project, which proposes reconstructing the old Silk Road for connecting China with Asia, Europe and apart from huge infrastructure spending, was arranged in 2017 and was addressed by Matt Pottinger, the senior White House official for Asia.
A representative for the US State Department said in a response to the question of media, “ There are no such plans this year. “We will not send high-level officials from the United States”.
He also added, “ We will continue to raise concerns about opaque financing practices, poor governance, and disregard for internationally accepted norms and standards, which undermine many of the standards and principles that we rely upon to promote sustainable, inclusive development, and to maintain stability and a rules-based order”.
The official also added, “ We have repeatedly called on China to address these concerns.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative has validated controversial in many Western capitals, distinctly Washington, which considers it as a proceeding to spread Chinese influence abroad and fasten countries with unstable dues through non-transparent projects.
Such criticisms are called as “ prejudiced” by Yang, claiming China has never enforced dues upon participants and the project was to boost joint development.
Washington notices China as the major prudent rival and the Trump administration has betrothed Beijing in a tit-for-tat tariff war. The two biggest economies of the world have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of bilateral trade since 2018 July, emerging costs, interrupting supply chains and offending international markets.