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U.S. Says Forget About China’s “Belt and Road,” It’s Time For Developing Countries to Get Ready for The New “Blue Dot Network”

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday the U.S. will invest and trade more in Asia as it rolls out an American plan to support "sustainable" projects in Asia as a counterpoint to China's multibillion-dollar "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. Romeo GACAD / AFP

The United States is proposing a new infrastructure development plan for developing countries that is presumably intended to rival China’s multi-billion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unveiled the new “Blue Dot Network” on Tuesday at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok.

The new U.S. plan, named after astronomer Carl Sagan’s book “Pale Blue Dot” and the photo of Earth taken by the spaceship Voyager 1, will focus on “sustainable infrastructure development.” 

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