President Xi Jinping has called for more countries to join China’s sprawling infrastructure-building initiative after he promised to improve standards in response to complaints about debt and other problems.

Speaking at a gathering of leaders to celebrate his signature project, Xi tried Saturday to dispel complaints the Belt and Road Initiative does too little for developing countries that have borrowed from Beijing to build ports, railways and other facilities.

Xi says his government wants to “deliver benefits to all.”

A waitress poses for a photo as Chinese President Xi Jinping is live broadcasted at the leaders summit of the Belt and Road Forum, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A waitress poses for a photo as Chinese President Xi Jinping is live broadcasted at the leaders summit of the Belt and Road Forum, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The number of governments that have signed agreements to support Belt and Road has steadily risen despite opposition from the United States and other governments that worry Beijing is using the initiative to increase its strategic influence.

Xi says, “We need to encourage the full participation of more countries and companies.”

A chef prepares lunch next to the high speed train models as Chinese President Xi Jinping is live broadcasted at the leaders summit of the Belt and Road Forum, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A chef prepares lunch next to the high speed train models as Chinese President Xi Jinping is live broadcasted at the leaders summit of the Belt and Road Forum, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
People walk by a display board showcasing China's construction projects at the media center of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
People walk by a display board showcasing China’s construction projects at the media center of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A waitress rests near a live image of leaders attending the round table summit of the Belt and Road Forum chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A waitress rests near a live image of leaders attending the round table summit of the Belt and Road Forum chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Journalists work near a screen promoting the Belt and Road Forum at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Journalists work near a screen promoting the Belt and Road Forum at the media center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
People carry umbrellas as they walk past a banner for the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
People carry umbrellas as they walk past a banner for the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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