Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14. Xi offered tens of billions of dollars for projects that are part of his signature foreign policy initiative linking China to much of Asia, Europe and Africa. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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For China's 'New Silk Road,' Ambitious Goals And More Than A Few Challenges

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In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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Activists hold a rally to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in front of the White House on Feb. 3. Trade has become a key issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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