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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Plays Fast and Loose with the Facts in Condemning China’s BRI

Few other stakeholders in the U.S. despise China as much as Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He’s now among Beijing’s fiercest critics in Washington (which is quite an accomplishment, given how confronting China has become something of a pastime in the U.S. capitol.) He’s been particularly strident about the dangers associated with the Belt and Road Initiative. 

In Rubio’s view, there is nothing redeeming about the BRI and he is once again pleading for developing countries to resist China’s entreaties that he contends will only strengthen Beijing’s ambitions to become “the center of the world entitled to vassal tribute.”

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