Global Affairs

EU launches alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative

Its Connectivity Strategy - preliminary as it is - is significant in being a pushback against worrying elements of China's programme that spans continents


The European Union has a habit of launching projects which start small but end up big, actions which initially appear insignificant and are dismissed by everyone as hopeless when first floated, and yet subsequently not only succeed, but go down in history as huge leaps of imagination.

That may well be the fate of an initiative just unveiled by Ms Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief. It carries, perhaps by design, the boring title of a "New Connectivity Strategy", and you'd be forgiven for assuming that it may be about something for mobile phones.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2018, with the headline 'EU launches alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative'. Subscribe