National Security Council Member Matt Pottinger to Represent US at Belt and Road Summit

Yicai

2017-05-13

(Yicai Global) May 13 -- The US will send a delegation led by Matt Pottinger, Asian affairs advisor to the president and senior director for Asia at the US National Security Council, to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing this weekend, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

 China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shu confirmed yesterday the name of the head of the US delegation that will attend the Belt and Road summit in Beijing this weekend.

During a regular press conference yesterday, Geng also said a member of the South Korean parliament and former vice chairman of the parliament, Park Byeong Suk, will serve as the main representative of the South Korean government at the summit forum. "China and South Korea are conducting communication on the relevant arrangements for this visit," Geng added.

Due to domestic political affairs schedule, the UK will appoint Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as special envoy of PM Teresa May to attend the summit. Germany will send its minister of economy and energy as special representative of the German Federal Government and prime minister Angela Merkel at the summit, Geng said

Some 29 foreign heads of state and government as well as heads of three major international organizations, including the United Nations Secretary-General, will attend the Belt and Road leaders round table summit and relevant activities.

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