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The U.S.’s Blue Dot Network vs. China’s Belt & Road Initiative

In the run-up to last Friday’s U.S.-Japan summit at the White House, there had been a lot of talk that President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga would announce a new initiative to challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

In the end, it turned out that the two leaders did not address infrastructure development in their summit’s joint statement but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm in both Washington and Tokyo to come up with a way to stem China’s lead in building infrastructure throughout the Global South.

Elizabeth Losos, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions thinks that reviving the failed Blue Dot Network from 2019 might be the answer. She joins Eric & Cobus from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to talk about why it’s critical to simultaneously tackle the climate crisis and confront the Chinese on infrastructure.

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About Elizabeth Losos:

Elizabeth Losos is a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute. She is currently exploring how to plan for and optimize the environmental impact of infrastructure expansion in Asia, Africa, and Europe that is stimulated by China’s new silk road initiative. Losos formerly was president and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a global consortium of universities and research institutes with the mission of promoting education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. Losos directed the organization’s four research stations in Costa Rica and South Africa as well as undergraduate, graduate, and professional field-based educational programs in tropical biology, conservation, global health, and environmental policy. Prior to her tenure with OTS, Losos was the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Tropical Forest Science, a global network of large-scale forest demography plots.

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