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China has rejected accusations that Belt and Road is a "debt trap" and a geopolitical tool for Beijing's ambitions of becoming a global superpower. "The Belt and Road is not an exclusive club," Xi said. BRI aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.
In just over 2 decades, China has built a force of conventional missiles that rival or outperform those in US armory. China's shipyards have spawned the world's biggest navy, which now rules the waves in East Asia. And the PLA is fortifying posts across vast expanses of South China Sea, while stepping up preparations to recover Taiwan, by force if necessary.
It is a shadow of the Falungong spiritual movement's heyday in China, where the group once boasted more than 70 million followers before it was outlawed in 1999, giving police carte blanche to persecute members. But 20 years on, the group has remained stubbornly persistent, even as practitioners in mainland China continue to face arrests and torture, according to rights groups.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale arrived in Beijing on Sunday to hold talks on key issues concerning India-China relations with top Chinese officials and foreign minister Wang Yi as the two countries grapple with a host of issues, including Beijing's continuous attempts to block efforts to list Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist".