The BBC reported that China’s One Belt One Road Project is facing resistance from countries around the world. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, February 17, that “China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative amounts to a struggle between democracy and a dictatorship, so the West should come up with an alternative.” In his speech, Gabriel said that, “China is using ‘One Belt, One Road’ to influence the world and create a value system different from that in the West and is pushing back the conflict between democracy and dictatorship to the fore again.” France’s Prime Minister Philippe endorsed Gabriel’s statement. Also in his visit to China, French President Macron verbally supported the “One Belt One Road” project with the condition that it can’t become a new hegemony path for China where the countries on the path become subordinate to China. When the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, visited China, she refused to sign any written statement to support the “One Belt One Road” project, saying that she welcomes the new opportunities that the project brings, but it should also come with transparency and compliance with international standards. Meanwhile on February 19, an Australian media reported that the U.S., Australia, Japan, and India are discussing a replacement plan for China’s One Belt One Road project to counter Beijing’s international influence. It also mentioned that the prime minister of Australia will discuss the replacement plan with President Trump when he visits the U.S. later this week.
Source: BBC, February 19, 2018