Why it matters: The railway deal is just the latest example of how Belt and Road Initiative projects rarely die. As for leaders in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and elsewhere, Mahathir’s criticism of the BRI was not a rejection of it, but a bargaining strategy.
Hakeem Jeffries: Passing an infrastructure package is possible
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.). told Axios' Mike Allen at an Axios News Shapers event on Thursday that he thinks passing a roughly trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure package is possible for Congress.
Driving the news: His confidence on infrastructure stems from the fact that President Trump was able to get behind a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill last year. He added he thinks it's possible to accomplish something similar with "health care and pre-existing conditions."
- Green New Deal: Jeffries expects that the wording of the Green New Deal may be tightened up in the House.
- Mueller investigation: "Increasingly there appears to be a triangular relationship between the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and Russian spies. ... Bob Mueller is going to have to continue his investigation … but what is becoming clear is that we know that the top official of the Trump campaign — Paul Manafort — we know he's a crook, we know he's a liar, it appears he may have been a Russian asset — whether that was witting or unwitting. I think Bob Mueller is going to figure it out."