One part of China's Belt and Road Initiative is a high-speed train project from Kunming, China through Southeast Asia to Singapore. This project suggests that China's partner countries can have substantial agency and shape projects to suit their own interests.
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Violence has erupted across Northern Ireland as tensions between the Protestants, Unionists, and Loyalist and the Catholics, Republicans, and Nationalists intensify. The region has struggled towards reconciliation, and only with effort from the UK government and the EU will conflict subside.