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China's Global Development Initiative is not the BRI reborn

New program still vague but underscores developing countries' hunger for support

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President Xi Jinping speaks to the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April 2019: The BRI is no longer the only dish on the menu.   © AP

Yunnan Chen is a research fellow in the development and public finance program of think tank ODI in London.

Now 10 years old, China's Belt and Road Initiative represents a crucial element of the public diplomacy that has come out of President Xi Jinping's foreign economic policy.

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