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Pompeo accuses China of "terrible conditions" at One Belt One Road projects


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of forcing people to work under "terrible" conditions at the One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects.

DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett
DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett
"Among them (human rights abusers) is China, where the Communist Party and its state-owned enterprises often force citizens to work in terrible conditions on the One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects," said Pompeo, speaking in a report on human trafficking and human rights violations.

The concept of OBOR is China's international initiative to improve existing and create new trade and transport corridors connecting more than 60 countries of Central Asia, Europe and Africa, which is designed to promote development of trade relations between them and China. The idea of forming the new Silk Road was put forward by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and was first voiced during his speech in Astana as part of a state visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013.

The US has repeatedly criticized this project. In particular, a year ago, Pompeo in an interview with One America News Network stated that this initiative is purely political in nature for China. In addition, a 2019 Pentagon report on the military potential of the PRC said that the PRC is using the growth of its economic, diplomatic and military prestige to gain regional superiority and increase influence in the world.

source: cnn.com