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About the author:
 
Jacob Mardell studied Chinese  at the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics on a British Council Scholarship. He completed his MA in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS) before working at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, where he was tasked with expanding the MERICS Belt and Road Tracker. Jacob has over five years experience working as a freelance writer and completed his BA in English Literature at King's College London. Jacob speaks Chinese and is currently learning Russian. He writes for the Berlin Policy Journal and has published pieces in Foreign Policy, Politico, and other outlets. Check out The China Road Blog for latest works. 
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