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China Claps Back at Biden BRI Diss, Says U.S. Should “Do Something Real” for Africa

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning speaking at the regular press briefing in Beijing. Pedro Pardo / AFP

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit back against U.S. President Joe Biden’s criticisms of the Belt and Road Initiative and the insinuation that Beijing is engaging in predatory lending practices in Africa.

This latest spat began last week when Time magazine published a lengthy interview with Biden, who restated his longstanding skepticism of the BRI:

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