Economic Affairs: EU can help reform China's BRI

Flawed though it may be in practice, China's mega project is a growing reality. Other big powers can do better by working to meet the development needs that Beijing is addressing.

These days, alarm bells are ringing in the European Union. It's partly about the stalemate over Brexit. But it's also about China.

With Italy having unexpectedly embraced China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) last month to the shock of its fellow EU members, the BRI is set to be high on the agenda at the EU-China summit on April 9.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'EU can help reform China's BRI'. Print Edition | Subscribe