China turns on the charm to get its belt and road plan back on track

Chinese diplomats have been on the road in recent weeks trying to whip up fresh enthusiasm for Beijing’s faltering trade and infrastructure development plan which has faced new pressures from the coronavirus pandemic.Many projects under the multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative have stalled because of the global health crisis but that is not its only problem, analysts say.Beijing has been accused of pushing developing nations into debt traps and of using the scheme as a foil for…

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