been raised since the last Belt and Road Foru

two years ago. One of these concerns is the need for infrastructure proje

cts to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI member countries.”

Duncan Freeman, a research fellow at the EU-China Research Centre at the College of Euro

pe in Bruges, Belgium, said infrastructure is important for economic growth, so buildi

ng infrastructure and building connectivity and efficient infrastructure are important.

Jon Taylor, a professor of political science at the University of St. Tho

mas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi wants to convey a specific message: that C

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