Weekend Roundup: As Mideast War Levels Ancient Cities, Asia Invests in the Future

April 10, 2015 10:05 PM

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Weekend Roundup: As Mideast War Levels Ancient Cities, Asia Invests in the Future

While the Middle East is consumed by an orgy of destruction that has devastated ancient cities like Aleppo and Tikrit, Asia, led by China, is building out the infrastructure of the future. While past wounds drive the tribal and religious rivalries in the Middle East, in Asia the contest -- and the cooperation -- is about shaping the future.

The most recent scuffle in the contest over the future has been the slew of American allies -- Great Britain, Italy, France, Australia and others -- who have defied U.S. admonitions not to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which it sees as a rival to the World Bank and IMF sys...

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