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UBS Analyst Provides Upbeat Forecast on the Belt and Road, Challenging Skeptics Who’ve Already Written the BRI’s Obituary

Shanghai-based UBS Securities analyst Robin Xu explained to CNBC why he's bullish on China's Belt and Road. Image via CNBC.

If your media diet is predominantly from Western, Japanese or Indian sources, then it’s quite likely you’ve seen one of the countless obituaries this year for China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The narrative in articles like Foreign Policy’s “China’s Belt and Road to Nowhere” or Nikkei Asia’s “Belt and Road Initiative at tipping point” all highlight the debt problems that now bedevil many of the countries that borrowed heavily from China under the auspices of the BRI.

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