World leaders gather in Beijing for 2nd ‘Belt and Road’ forum; India boycotts

Top-level leaders across the world have gathered in Beijing on Thursday ahead of the beginning of the second summit of China’s Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) Forum for the international corporation, slated to held in Beijing from today.

The three-day summit will offer a platform to the nations participating in BRI (Belt and Road Initiatives) for internationally exchanging their experiences and views over regional connectivity, trade, socio-economic development and policy synergy, and commerce.

According to ANI news reports, India has for the second time decided to boycott China’s BRI forum, which is likely to be attended by the representatives and leaders of 37 nations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among those leaders who are scheduled to attend the BRI forum for three days.

The BRI, considered to be a development strategy, was adopted by the government of China, involving investments and infrastructures development in nations coming into Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes




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