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China's Belt and road initiative news, data & insight

Belt & Road Initiative

The infrastructure project of the century

What you need to know about the Belt & Road Initiative

Launched in 2013, China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR), now known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has become a major driver of global project activity. Roads, railways, ports and other connectivity infrastructure are planned or underway to realising Beijing’s grand ambition of connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.

The immense scale of the Belt and Road Initiative presents a unique set of opportunities – and risks – for global financial professionals, investors and asset managers.

China Belt and Road Initiative project industry and funding source data visualisation
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BRI projects by industry and funding source. Data from Refinitiv BRI database.

Methodology and Risk

Our methodology for identifying projects related to BRI

BRI Connect includes projects that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Projects that have been identified as such by the Chinese government or Chinese State Departments
  • Where project contractors have signed agreements with the government departments of the relevant country along BRI Corridors and have obtained relevant regulators’ approvals required for Belt & Road initiatives
  • Which are published on the BRI official website
  • Projects that have direct Chinese participation at a consultant, owner, contractor and financer level or are of strategic interest located along a BRI Economic Corridor

Latest report

BRI Connect Report: An initiative in numbers

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