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The Trouble With Chinese Infrastructure

Commentary Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden told reporters he would bar Chinese companies from building critical infrastructure in the United States. The Delaware Democrat and his press corps seemed unaware that Chinese companies were already building critical infrastructure in America. Consider, for example, the new span of the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland, California. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge, originally a double-deck suspension bridge built in the 1930s, suffered damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The bridge received a quick initial repair and reopened a month later. But it needed further work to make sure it could withstand large earthquakes. One option was to retrofit the bridge, which was estimated to cost $250 million in 1992. Instead, California opted for a new Bay Bridge at an estimated cost of over $1 billion (pdf). However, American workers eager to participate in the bridge project would soon be …

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