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Kevin Gallagher’s Key Takeaways From the Belt & Road Forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping poses for a family photo with heads of delegations participating in the Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on October 18, 2023. Grigory SYSOYEV / POOL / AFP

Boston University Global Development Policy Center Director Kevin Gallagher was one of only a handful of U.S. stakeholders invited to participate in the Belt and Road Forum that just wrapped up in Beijing.

Kevin joined CGSP Editor-in-Chief Eric Olander for a quick 5-minute debrief to discuss what the news didn’t cover and why he was surprised by some of the announcements.

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