Former US diplomats on B&R initiative

Added On April 17, 2019

In recent interviews with CNC, some former U.S. diplomats have shared their views on the Belt and Road Initiative.
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President of the United States-China Business Council, Craig Allen, once served as commercial attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the early 1990s.
SOUNDBITE (English): CRAIG ALLEN, US-China Business Council
"I think that the Belt and Road Initiative is developing infrastructure in places that are often times difficult, that are lacking in infrastructure. I think that it is very painfully obvious that those places need better infrastructure. To the extent that infrastructure is being built that is needed and is economically useful, I think that is a good thing."
Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Stapleton Roy, said he thinks that Americans ought to get more involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
SOUNDBITE (English): STAPLETON ROY, Former US Ambassador to China
"So the way I see the Belt and Road Initiative developing is a very promising idea. The bank established in a very decent way with a good board and good management out there. You then begin by having projects in various parts of the world."
The 84-year-old China expert, who served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 1991 to 1995, said that he does see the benefit for the United States and American companies joining the initiative.
SOUNDBITE (English): STAPLETON ROY, Former US Ambassador to China
"I see the possibility for American companies that are interested to bid on some of the projects on their own in cooperation with Chinese firms, or in many cases, the way these projects are done everywhere else in the world."