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The EU Launches “Global Gateway” as the Latest Challenger to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered the annual "State of the European Union" speech in Strasbourg on September 15, 2021. YVES HERMAN / POOL / AFP

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new initiative aimed squarely at challenging China’s dominance in building infrastructure throughout the Global South. Von der Leyen unveiled the “Global Gateway” plan on Wednesday during her annual “State of the European Union” address before the EU parliament in Strasbourg.

“It does not make sense for Europe to build a perfect road between a Chinese-owned copper mine and a Chinese-owned harbor,” she told MPs. 

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