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China seeks Southeast Asia clout with Belt and Road projects

Indonesian high-speed railway aimed at showing benefits of siding with Beijing

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The Belt and Road initiative includes a land route from China through central Asia to Europe and a sea route linking Southeast Asia to India, the Middle East and Africa.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The Chinese government will use the upcoming international forum on its Belt and Road Initiative to show what it can offer Southeast Asia, hoping to strengthen its hand in the region.

Heads of state and other dignitaries from 28 countries will attend the gathering, taking place here Sunday and Monday. Among the participants are leaders from Southeast Asia, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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