[ti:US Announces Effort to Compete against China’s “Belt and Road” Program] [by:www.knnrug.live] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]The U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced this week that the United States [00:06.04]plans to invest and trade more in Asia. [00:12.56]Secretary Wilbur Ross spoke about American efforts to support "sustainable" projects in Asia [00:21.84]as a way to answer China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure program. [00:29.60]Ross and U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, [00:36.84]were in Thailand for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. [00:45.66]Like O'Brien, Ross tried to overcome suspicions that the Trump administration is uninterested in Asia. [00:56.29]The president sent his adviser to the ASEAN summit, [01:01.08]but he himself did not attend for the second time in two years. [01:08.56]"We have no intention of vacating our military or geopolitical position," Ross told reporters. [01:18.02]He added that many people had misunderstood Trump's 2017 decision [01:25.58]to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. [01:32.00]"We are here permanently, and we will be continuing to invest more here, [01:39.20]and we will be continuing to have more bilateral trade," Ross said. [01:47.12]To demonstrate that desire, U.S. officials launched the Trump administration's [01:53.33]"Blue Dot Network" on Monday at a conference of business leaders. [01:59.07]More than 200 American business leaders attended the meeting. [02:05.96]The plan's name comes from a picture of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. [02:13.28]The name is also the name of a book written by American scientist Carl Sagan. [02:21.88]Ross said the Blue Dot Network will include countries that want "sustainable infrastructure development." [02:30.56]Earlier, O'Brien compared the network to a "Michelin Guide" for rating investment projects [02:38.56]in infrastructure, such as roads, ports and energy systems. [02:46.08]It is unclear what kind of investments would come from the Blue Dot Network plan. [02:53.36]The U.S. government described it as an alliance of governments, companies [02:59.62]and civil society that would operate under "shared standards." [03:05.80]During the meetings in Bangkok, Japan and the United States signed an agreement [03:13.09]to work together on $10 billion in Japanese investment in liquefied natural gas projects. [03:23.24]Other plans include an agreement to work with the Asian Development Bank [03:29.40]in getting up to $7 billion in financing for other Asian energy projects. [03:37.32]O'Brien said the plan would help countries avoid paying for projects [03:43.47]that forced them to take on too much debt and were not "high quality." [03:50.40]O'Brien was speaking about China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure projects. [03:57.05]U.S. officials have said the Chinese-supported projects [04:02.04]hurt the financial systems of the countries involved by tying them to large debts. [04:10.84]Ross talked about U.S. trade and investment in East Asia and the Pacific, saying of Australia, [04:19.98]"We'd be (happy) to sell more military aircraft if that suits your department of defense." [04:27.84]On Tuesday, China opened a large conference on imports in Shanghai to demonstrate its desire to do business. [04:37.64]President Xi Jinping promised to open Chinese markets even more. [04:43.92]He drank wine with French President Emmanuel Macron, [04:48.36]who urged Chinese and U.S. officials to end their trade war. [04:55.44]Xi said that China was willing to increase talks on several free trade deals and investment agreements. [05:03.87]He also said China was "happy" to enter into high-standard free trade agreements with more countries." [05:14.60]And, he promised to improve conditions for foreign investment. [05:21.64]I'm Dorothy Gundy. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 11运夺金走势图遗漏