CNBC – China expands global ambitions with a new phase of Xi’s signature program

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    “’I think it is fair to say that the introductory phase of Belt and Road is over,’ Jacob Shapiro, director of analysis at online publication Geopolitical Futures, said in an email. ‘A number of countries have signed on, money has been distributed, some projects have been completed and many other projects either failed or didn’t get off the ground,’ he said.”

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    Geopolitical Futures (GPF) was founded in 2015 by George Friedman, international strategist and author of The Storm Before the Calm and The Next 100 Years. GPF is non-ideological, analyzes the world and forecasts the future using geopolitics: political, economic, military and geographic dimensions at the foundation of a nation.