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China boosts Belt and Road Initiative with $100 billion funding

EditorHari G
Published 10/18/2023, 04:49 AM

In an effort to expand China's global reach, President Xi Jinping announced on Wednesday an infusion of over $100 billion for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI, a key strategy for China's global influence, has already secured contracts worth more than $2 trillion worldwide. This initiative has been instrumental in stimulating economic growth in the Global South, although it has also left some poorer nations grappling with significant debt.

The China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank, two principal lenders for the BRI, will provide an additional $100 billion in loans. This move opens up financing opportunities totaling CNY 350 billion ($47.9 billion) for BRI projects. Moreover, the Silk Road fund is set to receive an extra injection of CNY 80 billion.

However, there have been issues around opaque pricing in BRI projects led by Chinese firms. This has led to deal renegotiations by countries such as Malaysia and Myanmar. To address these concerns, Beijing has issued billions of dollars in bailout loans to BRI countries, thus facilitating loan extensions and ensuring solvency.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a crucial part of China's strategy to extend its influence across the globe through infrastructure development and investment. The fresh funding announced on Wednesday underlines the country's commitment to this strategy despite the challenges posed by debt burdens and pricing transparency issues.

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