What is the Belt & Road Initiative forum & why is it important

The UK and Germany have praised China’s plan for a massive global trading network known as The Belt and Road intiative – a forum for which is currently underway in Beijing.

There leaders from Eurasian countries and further afield, have gathered to share their views on how to develop economic cooperation.

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