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African Union Joins G20; U.S., EU, India Unveil Alternative to China’s “Belt and Road”

HeadlineSep 11, 2023

The African Union has joined the G20 group of the world’s richest and most powerful nations. The addition of the bloc of 55 African states came as world leaders wrapped up the G20 summit in New Delhi Sunday with a joint declaration that stops short of explicitly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Instead, it declares, “All states must refrain from the threat or use of force to seek territorial acquisition.” Ukraine, which is not a G20 member, called the statement “nothing to be proud of,” while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hailed the summit as an “unconditional success.”

President Joe Biden used the occasion to announce a U.S. alternative to China’s international development program known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Biden’s plan calls for creating a rail and shipping corridor linking India to the Middle East and European Union.

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