Projects are characterised by Poor Quality, Corruption, Environmental Degradation: US
United States in its Vision document on China, has warned against the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) previously known as One Belt One Road (OBOR) will create and worsen fiscal problems in host nations and extract political concessions to exact retributions against other Countries.
In a litany of charges against Beijing, ‘The United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China’ report released by the White House, has said that the BRI / OBOR projects frequently operate well outside of international standards and “are characterised by poor quality, corruption, environmental degradation, a lack of public oversight or community involvement, opaque loans, and contracts generating or exacerbating governance and fiscal problems in host nations”.
It is said that given China’s “increasing use of economic leverage to extract political concessions from or exact retribution against other countries, the United States judges that Beijing will attempt to convert BRI / OBOR Projects into undue political influence and military access”.
Many of the BRI / OBOR Projects, the US Outlook Paper said appear designed to reshape international norms, standards, and networks to advance Beijing’s global interests and vision, while also serving China’s domestic economic requirements.
Through BRI / OBOR and Other Initiatives, China is expanding the use of Chinese industrial standards in key technology sectors, part of an effort to strengthen its own companies’ position in the global marketplace at the expense of non-Chinese firms, the report said.
The BRI / OBOR projects which include transportation, information and communications technology and energy infrastructure; industrial parks; media collaboration; science and technology exchanges; programs on culture and religion; and even military and security cooperation, frequently operate well outside international standards, the White House said.
President Xi Jinping’s ambitious projects, the US Government said, “are characterised by poor quality, corruption, environmental degradation, a lack of public oversight or community involvement, opaque loans, and contracts generating or exacerbating governance and fiscal problems in host nations”.
Beijing uses a combination of threat and inducement to pressure governments, elites, corporations, think tanks, and others, often in an opaque manner to toe the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) line and censor free expression, White House said.