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Belt and Road

China looks West for Belt and Road allies amid Asia pushback

Peru signs up to initiative with Switzerland set to join soon

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders stand for a group photo at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's Belt and Road Initiative is making deeper inroads into the West, as partners in Asia grow more wary about being lured into "debt traps" that make them beholden to Beijing.

China announced Saturday that Peru had endorsed the massive infrastructure program, and Switzerland has said it will join during its president’s current visit to Beijing. To date, 126 countries, including 13 EU members, and 29 international organizations have signed BRI-related cooperation agreements with China.

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