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Q&A: How Will the G7’s PGII Differ from China’s BRI? An Expert Weighs In

File image of Chinese worker carrying materials for the first rail line linking China to Laos, a key part of Beijing's 'Belt and Road' project across the Mekong, in Luang Prabang. Aidan JONES / AFP.

Responses to the G7’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII) have run the gamut from enthusiastic approval to strident condemnation. However, many have also raised questions about how the initiative will actually work. 

While the PGII is currently presented as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), both also raise the issue of how global infrastructure provision to the Global South can be improved. Particularly, the question of how to set global infrastructure standards while being as inclusive as possible is pertinent in both cases.

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