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China's BRI -- swimming with the whale

Small countries can profit from Beijing's projects as New Zealand shows

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, in Auckland, New Zealand, with then New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English in March   © Reuters

Nothing highlights the pulling power of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) better than the fact New Zealand ranks among its earliest participants.

Nine thousand kilometers away from China and a member of the U.S.-led Western world order, New Zealand signed up as long ago as March to the project, which now encompasses 70 countries.

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