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Deciphering China’s Belt & Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a central theme of China’s foreign policy, particularly in developing regions like Africa where it’s linked to billions of dollars of infrastructure development. But when you ask Chinese officials “what exactly is the BRI?” no one really seems to have a definitive answer.

It’s a development agenda, a foreign policy initiative, a security strategy… and much more all mixed together.

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