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BRI project flaws can be addressed with digital tools

Improved implementation will benefit local populations in developing countries

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A Buddhist ceremony one day prior to the handover of the China-Laos Railway in Vientiane in Decembe 2021: BRI projects should be brought in line with international standards for sustainable infrastructure.   © Reuters

Daniel Russel is the Asia Society Policy Institute's vice president for international security and diplomacy and was previously U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs. Blake Berger is the institute's associate director.

When Nurul and her husband, a fisherman, heard about a new Chinese power plant project under construction near their village in Indonesia, they were excited. They imagined it would create good jobs and generate cheap electricity.

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