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Japan shakes up development aid to counter China's Belt and Road

Tokyo will approach countries with decarbonization and digital projects

A Chinese construction site in Angola. China has extended its influence in developing countries with money and manpower for infrastructure.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government pledged on Friday to approach developing nations with foreign aid rather than wait for requests for assistance, in a new policy meant to compete with China's Belt and Road infrastructure campaign.

Tokyo's new offer-based aid will be combined with the conventional request-based process, as outlined in the revised Development Cooperation Charter, Japan's blueprint for its official development assistance program. The cabinet approved the changes the same day.

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