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A cement plant is seen in Anhui Province. The Anhui provincial government plans to build cement and other plants in Southeast Asia as part of China's massive economic and diplomatic initiative.
'New Silk Road' Summit in Beijing

Local Chinese governments promoting Belt and Road Initiative

Cities, provinces talking up achievements, planning more infrastructure projects

WATARU KODAKA, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Local governments in China are increasingly contributing to the country's Belt and Road Initiative in a bid to benefit from the development strategy through economic growth and employment security. 

At the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that began in Beijing on Sunday, local governments highlighted their programs that promote the initiative and achievements thus far. Many seem eager to emphasize contributions to central government projects ahead of the quinquennial National Congress of the Communist Party of China that will be held this autumn.

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