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Italy spurns China’s Belt and Road

By Charlotte Lawson

11 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Italy plans to withdraw from China's Belt and Road Initiative, marking a significant setback for the multi-continent infrastructure project. The decision reflects the European Union's broader shift away from Beijing and the U.S.'s search for partners to counter China's global influence.

Four years ago, Italy became the first and only G-7 member to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Now it wants out.

Joining the global infrastructure project was an “improvised and atrocious” decision, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said late last month. “The issue today is, how to walk back without damaging relations? Because it is true that while China is a competitor, it is also a partner.”

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