JAPAN JOINS TO SHAPE CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD
Belt & Road Initiative, May 2017. Wikimedia Commons
By Shiro Armstrong
East Asia Forum-Oct 28
On the first state visit to China by a Japanese leader in 11 years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping announced 50 joint infrastructure projects. This embrace of joint infrastructure investment cooperation through the Belt and Road Initiative in all but name is on a scale even larger than was anticipated before Abe’s arrival in Beijing. There was also a raft of other announcements that will help normalise the political relationship between the two Asian giants that share one of the largest economic relationships in the world. But the most consequential of those could be the joint investment in infrastructure projects.
First published in: East Asia Forum