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March 15 to March 28, 2019. Xi Jinping, the president of China, travelled to Italy for a two-day visit. While there, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding. The agreement paves the way for Italy to join China's Belt and Road Initiative. Some call it a new Silk Road. If Italy joins, it will be the first EU member country and the first developed economy to do so. In this issue, we explain what the new Silk Road is and why Italy's interest has angered the leaders of the USA and the EU.
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