Issue Brief on “The EU and India Plan a Global Infrastructure Deal: An Appraisal”

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Both the European Union (EU) and India have undertaken an initiative to build joint infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific, Central Asia and Africa that has been ascribed to opposing China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The plan has been defined as a “connectivity” partnership in the sphere of energy, transportation, and digital technology. According to the EU diplomats, the plan unlike China’s BRI project has looser debt terms, providing better legal protections to the counterparts.[1] “Now we have the opportunity to team up and create an environment for globalization based on more attractive partnerships than China can offer,” said one EU diplomat.[2]

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