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US participation in Belt and Road Initiative welcomed
May 12,2017   By:China Daily
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May 12, 2017 -- Minister Li Kexin of the Chinese Embassy in the US speaks at a roundtable discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative in Washington on Tuesday. Zhao Huanxin / China Daily
 
May 12, 2017 -- The US is "close to deciding" about sending a representative to the Belt and Road summit next week in China, according to a minister at the Chinese embassy in Washington.
 
Minister Li Kexin did not reveal the name or title of the potential US participant, but said it was "encouraging" news.
 
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
 
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, will be held in Beijing on Sunday and Monday.
 
"The main focus of the initiative is on the further connectivity, and it is open and inclusive," Li told a roundtable discussion at the embassy on Tuesday. "It is opening up great opportunities for other countries, including the US, and we welcome all parties to be a part of this."
 
Li noted that globalization and regional integration is also driving China to promote the BRI.
 
Anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise in the US and in some European regions.
 
"I don't think this is a good trend here in this country, because American companies complain about the investment environment in China, but vice-versa is that Chinese companies do face more and more serious problems here," Li said.