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Le Hong Hiep, visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore

Updated: Apr 20,2015 3:02 PM     Xinhua

China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative brings new opportunities for trade and investments to maritime countries along the Indo-Pacific rim.

“In particular, Chinese investments in port facilities will help improve the infrastructures of these countries. China’s investments are welcome because there’s an increasing demand for investment in infrastructure that current financial institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank alone cannot meet.”

“The improvement of port facilities along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road will boost international trade in general and trade between countries along the road in the long run.”