China, US are not the only nations that support overseas development
By Kristin Huang
The United States has announced a multibillion plan for infrastructure investment in the Asia-Pacific region in what could be seen as a direct response to China’s ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative”.
While he made no reference to the Beijing-led scheme, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the “Indo-Pacific Economic Vision” would increase the financial support the US provided to countries in the region through a proposed merged agency, the US International Development Finance Corporation.
Along with US$113 million in direct government investment, the plan would double the global spending cap for the agency to US$60 billion, which could be used to provide private companies with loans for projects overseas, he said.
Photo courtesy of Chhor Sokunthea.