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Most G7 Countries Really Do Want to Challenge China’s BRI, They Just Can’t Agree How

A Chinese worker carrying materials for the first rail line linking China to Laos, a key part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative across the Mekong, in Luang Prabang. Aidan JONES / AFP

It looks increasingly likely that infrastructure development in the Global South is going to be quite high on the agenda at the upcoming European Union and Group of 7 (G7) meetings in May and June. Specifically, U.S., European and Japanese leaders seem intent on elevating the ongoing discussion about how to build some kind of alternative to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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