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International relations

US and China project 'sharp power' in the Indian Ocean

Trump prepares a new initiative to counter Belt and Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and US President Donald Trump are pursuing separate development initiatives in the Indian Ocean.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the world's two largest economies compete to expand their spheres of influence, the U.S. and China are pushing separate development initiatives centered around the Indian Ocean.

China has its Belt and Road Initiative, proposed in 2013 by President Xi Jinping, which aims to build infrastructure spanning from Asia to Europe and incorporating overland and maritime elements. The country has already spent a fortune building land routes and ports.

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