Beijing opens Silk Road Summit in shadow of DPRK missile

Dhaka,  Sat,  27 May 2017
Published : 14 May 2017, 17:04:35 | Updated : 14 May 2017, 17:08:53
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Beijing opens Silk Road Summit in shadow of DPRK missile

Beijing opens Silk Road Summit in shadow of DPRK missile
Peoples Republic of China, lone backer of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has been hosting the Silk Road Summit in shadow of neighbours North Korea’s controversial missile test.

China opened the two-day summit on Sunday morning to promote an ambitious global trade infrastructure project highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a ballistic missile test by its north-eastern neighbour threatened to overshadow the event.

President Xi Jinping was preparing to host leaders from 29 nations for the summit in Beijing when US and South Korean military officials confirmed that Pyongyang had launched another ballistic missile defying the UN sanctions and strong international opinion, including US, against the tests.

Delegations from DPRK and the United States were expected at the forum, though not their leaders. Few Western heads of government made the trip.

Earlier in the day, the DPRK fired the ballistic missile which flew about 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The US Pacific Command said it did not appear to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Most experts have doubted that the North has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with that range.

But many say the isolated nation has made a great progress in its nuclear and missile capabilities since Kim Jong Un took power after the death of his father and longtime ruler, Kim Jong-Il, in 2011. – agencies

 
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