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If the U.S. is Going to Challenge China in the Infrastructure Space, It Will Have to First Overcome a Lot of Skepticism in the Global South

File image of employees of Bechtel-Enka consortium work in the first phase of the paving asphalt in the village of Vermice on the Kosovo - Serbia border. AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI

The Biden administration has made it clear that it wants to directly challenge China’s dominance in the Global South in both infrastructure development and vaccine distribution. In addition to facing a formidable competitor who has a significant head start in both areas, the U.S. will also have to overcome its own record that understandably provokes skepticism among policymakers in a number of developing countries.

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