A US study suggests 234 of 1,674 Chinese-invested infrastructure projects (14%) announced in 66 countries have hit corruption and other troubles.
According to the FT article on the study, “most of the problems encountered — public opposition to projects, objections over labour policies, performance delays, concerns over national security — derive from poor administration,” and “in many countries where controversies over China-funded infrastructure flare up, Chinese officials and executives find themselves ill-prepared for disputes in societies utterly different from their authoritarian home market. Some say Beijing is now intent on learning lessons from past mistakes, even if it takes time. It is a recognition, says Ms Yu, by some Belt and Road companies of “the damage brought about by their sense of Sino-centrism”.
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