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BRI Forum in Beijing and How Western 'Reports' are smearing China. - While in poor countries, people defend BRI.

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The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is about to open in Beijing. It will take place from 25th to 27th April, 2019. The Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to deliver the keynote address.

It is expected to be an event of tremendous proportions and importance: leaders from 37 countries will participate, including Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President Duterte of the Philippines. Beijing will host 5,000 guests from 150 countries, as well as 90 international organizations.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has already been reshaping the world, fundamentally. Previously at the mercy of the Western imperialist powers, their armies, propaganda apparatuses and brutal financial institutions; Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia have suddenly discovered that they have alternatives and choices. For various parts of the world, decades and centuries of stagnation and humiliation under colonialist and post-colonialist regimes have begun to come to an end. Entire nations have been freeing themselves, realizing their great hidden potential.

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All this because of BRI; because of China as well as its close ally, Russia.

Entire huge railroad projects in East Africa as well as in the once devastated Laos (devastated by the insanely brutal Western carpet-bombing campaigns, which are still called a "Secret War") are now connecting continents. Along the railway lines, schools are growing, and so are medical facilities, community learning centers and cultural institutions.

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The BRI is not only about the economy, not only about infrastructure and development, it also about the well-being of the people, about the culture, health and knowledge. It is aiming at connecting people of different races, life philosophies, and beliefs.

And the rulers in the West are horrified. Nothing outrages them more than the prospect of losing absolute control over the world. For them, it is not (and never was) about improving the lives of hundreds of millions of impoverished people. They had centuries of absolute power over the planet, and all they did was to enrich themselves, murdering and robbing in all corners of the globe. For them, it is about 'winning or losing', about maintaining its colonies and 'client' states; by all means, even by the most brutal ones.

For China, (through BRI), it is all about spreading wealth everywhere. The firm belief in Beijing was and is: If the world is doing well, China will prosper, too.

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And so, in Washington and London, and in so many other centers of Western might, thousands of 'professionals' are now employed and busy smearing China and its most ambitious international (and internationalist) projects. Smearing and spreading nihilism is an extremely well-paid job, and for as long as China is rising and the West declining, it appears to be a permanent one. There will be no deficit when it comes to funding all those anti-Chinese 'academic reports', fake analyses and articles. The more of them, the better; the more ridiculous they get, the better remunerated they are.

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Take this one, for instance: "Grading China's Belt and Road".

With all those footnotes and 'references', it looks professional and academic. It can impress millions of China-phobes and China-bashers in Europe and North America. Suffering from complexes of superiority and "Yellow-Peril mentality", they are searching for, and then welcoming all vicious attacks against Beijing and its initiatives.

Look closer, and it is 'reports' like this that are clearly nothing more than thinly disguised propaganda work ordered by those who are aiming at discrediting China and its internationalist efforts.

In its Executive Summary, the report states:

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Great article! It's always illuminating and refreshing to read somebody who writes the truth about international affairs, rather than the same old Western academic and mass media propaganda.

And it's also refreshing to read about economic development that serves the interests of the masses of people, instead of the interests of Western bankers and transnational corporations.

A better world is possible,,.and it is happening. But it is not happening in the West under US domination. It is happening in the East under China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Western powers talk a good game about freedom and democracy; while they practice oligarchic tyranny. Unfortunately, many Western citizens believe what their rulers tell them, instead of seeing the very different things their rulers are actually doing..

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Andre' is the best.

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While China has been building for the future with education, health, infrastructure, foreign relations the United States has been neglecting all of the above emphasizing regimes change illegal invasions with no thought of the future. The United States is dead.

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