Sparks at the summit

“The United States deals openly, fairly. We do not offer a constricting belt or a one-way road”


Still talking tough

US Vice-President Mike Pence renews his criticism of China, this time at the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea. His remarks were aimed at Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative, which has been described in some quarters as ‘debt-trap diplomacy’. Broader tensions between the two governments meant the summit ended without a joint communiqué for the first time in its 29-year history.

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