Belt and Road Initiative

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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), previously known as the One Belt One Road Initiative, a mammoth infrastructure project launched by China in 2013. China aims to recreate its medieval Silk Road. China wants to build infrastructure such as ports, bridges and rail lines in over 150 countries spanning Asia, Africa and Europe. While China claims it is solely an economic initiative, not many countries, including India, are willing to buy that argument. The countries opposing the project fear this could a China-centered sphere of influence and lead to "debt traps".

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