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Italy Should Learn a Thing or Two From Pakistan

Rome just signed on to become part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It should learn from Islamabad’s experience.

In late March, the government of Italy signed a memorandum of understanding to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s $1 trillion plan to develop land and sea trade routes from Asia to Africa to Europe. Italy is the first large European economy to do this, agreeing in principle to deals with China worth about $2.8 billion in investment in a variety of sectors.

This set off alarm bells in the White House and groans in the European Union. While the Trump administration fretted about

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