Monday, April 27, 2015

China versus Bretton Woods?

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Is China seeking to build a parallel universe to the IMF and the World Bank as a way to undermine the US-led world order? Or should the US view the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS countries’ New Development Bank as complementary to today’s multilateral lenders?

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