China’s 3rd Belt and Road Forum Finally Gets a Date by Shannon Tiezzi

18 Oct 2023

In an article published by The Diplomat and written by Shannon Tiezzi, the author describes details regarding China’s 3rd Belt and Road Forum which will be taking place from October 17th to 18th.

The forum was initially announced during China’s National People’s Congress in March 2023 and is significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Past forums in 2017 and 2019 were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting a virtual meeting in 2021. However, China is now eager to resume in-person global diplomatic exchanges, with over 130 countries and international organizations expected to participate in the third forum, though the level of representation remains uncertain.

To this Tiezzi adds:

“It may simply be too soon for these leaders to turn around and make yet another trek to China less than a month later – although arguably there is a statement being made by opting for the Asian Games over the BRF. A sporting event, after all, is less politically controversial than the Belt and Road.”

You can find the full article here.

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