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Council on Foreign Relations Report: U.S. “Inaction” and “Withdrawal” Bolstered China’s BRI

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A group of scholars at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York published a critical report today that attributes U.S. “inaction” and “withdrawal” for creating a vacuum in the international arena that China filled with its Belt and Road Initiative.  The authors detailed how cutbacks in U.S. spending on development assistance, 5G technology, and infrastructure development around the world provided Beijing with an opening that it took full advantage of. 

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