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What the Past Tells Us About the Future of the BRI

There’s a widely-held perception in many parts of the U.S., Europe, and India that debt and geopolitics have led to the demise of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But a landmark new study from AidData proves otherwise, revealing not only that the BRI is still very much alive but it’s also undergone major reforms to make it even more competitive.

AidData pored through 21,000 Chinese-backed projects over the past twenty years in 165 countries valued at more than $1.3 trillion.

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