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12:00 AM, April 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:40 AM, April 20, 2019

China invites N Korea to Belt and Road summit

China said yesterday leaders from 37 nations and North Korean representatives will attend a summit for its Belt and Road Initiative next week as it hit back at criticism of the massive trade infrastructure project. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet project is a $1 trillion programme that includes maritime, rail and road projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. The Belt and Road Initiative has divided Europe, and Washington has called it a “vanity project”, but a growing number of nations are signing up despite warnings about debt and opaque deals that favour Chinese firms.

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