China has invited delegates from all over the world to Beijing, in defence of the Chinese megaproject of the coming 50 years. The 'Belt and Road' initiative presents massive opportunities, but has also been shrouded in criticism.
The Mediterranean country is the first in the G7 to join China's Belt and Road Initiative. But in one small port town in Italy, Chinese investment is nothing new. DW's Giulia Saudelli and Mu Cui report from Vado Ligure.
China is set to connect developing countries in Asia and Africa with next-generation data technology, while companies in the West fall behind. But can Beijing be trusted with the future of the internet?
Beijing has been accused of strong-arming poor countries through predatory lending as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. A new analysis seeks to debunk claims surrounding China's "debt-trap diplomacy."
At the Belt and Road Forum, China intends to allay fears conjured up by its "New Silk Road" project. Beijing has an interest in tweaking the initiative, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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