The U.S. Treasury is working with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to gain full transparency of Countries’ debts from China’s Belt & Road Infrastructure Initiative and ensure that funds from the institutions are not used to repay China, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday.

“We think this is critically important,” Mnuchin told a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. “We’re not ever going to be using money from these international organisations to pay back China.”

Some countries saddled by debt from Belt & Road Projects, such as Pakistan, have turned to the IMF for assistance. Pakistan entered a $6 billion loan program with the Fund in July 2019.

Author: David Lawder
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