Dreams of China's Belt and Road are fading in Germany's industrial heartland

Dreams of China’s Belt and Road are fading in Germany’s industrial heartland

DUISBURG, Germany – Suad Durakovic, owner of a truck driving school on the outskirts of the western German city of Duisburg, broke into Chinese newspapers in 2019 testifying that the initiative Beijing’s Belt and Road had triggered a boom in the local logistics industry.

Today, his company benefits from a shortage of skilled truck drivers, but not because of China’s global infrastructure development strategy.

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