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Big Brother hitches a ride on China's Belt and Road

A Kenyan bridge under construction
Construction of a bridge in Mombasa, Kenya, by the China Road and Bridge Corp. Photo: Xinhua/Pan Siwei via Getty Images

China plans to send government agents to monitor projects along its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), potentially extending the Chinese Communist Party's arm deeper into participating countries.

The big picture: Corruption has been damaging Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy initiative. He now wants to deploy abroad the same Orwellian-sounding Central Commission for Discipline Inspection that has helped carry out his domestic anti-corruption campaign.

Pompeo urges Russia to act after murder charges laid over MH17 downing

This image shows a man standing at a podium with posters of four men behind him.
Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigation Team holds a press conference, June 19. Photo: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that Russia should ensure its citizens who are charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 face justice.

Details: 4 men, 3 with close "ties to Russian military and intelligence agencies," will face murder charges over the incident that killed 298 people, per the New York Times. However, Russian authorities labeled the charges "absolutely unfounded accusations," according to AFP news agency.