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President Xi Jinping of China, center, walks with his Russian and Indonesian counterparts, Vladimir Putin, left, and Joko Widodo, during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15.   © Kyodo

China's Belt and Road forum brings bold promises, mixed results

High-profile projects mask uncertain future for economic sphere

ISSAKU HARADA, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China has used the first international conference on its Belt and Road initiative to push key infrastructure projects forward, though private-sector support remains tepid.

Some 1,500 people from more than 100 countries gathered here Sunday and Monday for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Leaders from 29 nations, including Italy, Russia and Indonesia, were in attendance.

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