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As Biden’s Build Back Better Initiative Stalls at Home, Many Doubt the World Edition Will Fare Any Better

With U.S. President Joe Biden's ambitious $3.5 trillion infrastructure agenda bogged down in Congress, his campaign promise to "Build Back Better" now hangs in limbo. If the president's plan fails to make it out of Congress, or if it's scaled down to the point where it's ...

Kenya Led the World in Finishing Chinese-Funded Infrastructure Projects Ahead of Schedule

Kenya completed more Chinese-financed construction projects ahead of schedule than any other country in the world, according to the findings from AidData's recently released report on Belt and Road financing.  AidData, a research lab based at William & ...

While the EU & U.S. Talk About Competing With China to Build Infrastructure in the Global South, Japan’s Experience in Vietnam Should Give Them Pause

Over the past month, the United States and Europe have doubled down on their commitment to challenging China's Belt and Road Initiative by launching new initiatives to build infrastructure in developing countries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week 

Things to Know About Africa-China Relations

Two very different rundowns of Africa’s relationship with China emerged over the past week. On the one side of the Pacific, the analyst Jordan Link published a paper framed as a list of five things U.S. policymakers should know about the relationship. On the other, Li Anshan, the ...

Last Week it Was B3W, This Week It’s The Blue Dot Network

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken led a discussion yesterday in Paris (photo) on the Blue Dot Network, another White House initiative aimed at curtailing China's Belt and Road Initiative. Blinken was joined by U.S. and European corporate and ...

We Got Our First Peek at B3W, But It’s Still Not Clear What the U.S. is Trying to Do

The Biden administration appears to be ramping up its efforts to get the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative off the ground. In what was the first action related to the program since it was announced over the summer at the G7 summit in England, a high-level ...

Key Takeaways From AidData’s New Report on How China’s Finances the BRI

AidData, the development research lab at William & Mary College in Virginia, published a landmark report this week that provides the most comprehensive overview to date of Chinese financing of projects along the Belt and Road. Researchers pored through 13,247 projects ...

Looks Like Latin America Will Be the First Place Where B3W Will Take on China’s BRI

It looks like the U.S.-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative that was announced at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England earlier this summer is moving forward and Latin America is going to be the first region where Washington aims to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative. ...

U.S. Conservatives Are Disappointed The Development Finance Corporation Isn’t Doing More to Confront China

Two prominent analysts at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., contend that the main U.S. development finance agency is not doing enough to "counter" China's growing influence in developing countries. Since it was re-launched in 2019, the ...

The EU Launches “Global Gateway” as the Latest Challenger to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new initiative aimed squarely at challenging China's dominance in building infrastructure throughout the Global South. Von der Leyen unveiled the "Global Gateway" plan on Wednesday during her annual "State of the European Union" address before ...
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