According to a recent report published by the Council on Foreign Relations, China’s Belt and Road: Implications for the United States, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy undertaking and the world’s largest infrastructure program, poses a significant challenge to U.S. economic, political, climate change, security, and global health interests. The United States has a clear interest in adopting a strategy that both pressures China to alter its BRI practices and provides an effective alternative to BRI, promoting sustainable infrastructure, upholding high environmental and anticorruption standards, ensuring U.S. companies can operate on a level playing field, and assisting countries in preserving political independence.

On May 4, 2021, the National Committee hosted a virtual program with report co-chairs Jacob Lew and Gary Roughead and co-authors Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks, as they discussed recommendations for an effective United States response to BRI.

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