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U.S. Senate Proposal to Fund “Independent Media” to Report “Negative Impact” of BRI in Developing Countries Generates Some Giggles in Washington

The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants to give a lot of money to local media in BRI member countries “to raise awareness of and increase transparency regarding the negative impact of activities related to the Belt and Road Initiative.” 

While there’s no doubt that embattled media outlets in Africa and other BRI regions will appreciate the money,  Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Justin Sandefur pointed out the irony of the U.S. government financing reporting with a predetermined conclusion.

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