China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) outlined by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013 is one of the most significant and substantial investment and development programmes to come out of China on the global platform. Cumulatively, it is the largest global development initiative in the world aiming at developing infrastructure and modern technology from countries across South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East and others to Europe.

Far from being a China project only it is meanwhile covering more than 68 countries, including 65% of the world’s population, affecting around 4.4 billion people. Most of these regions count as “undeveloped” but they also hold 75% of global energy resources.

The BRI is challenging the global order both in terms of thinking about sustainable development as well as resource distribution. It is also an unprecedented global development plan with multiple opportunities for these countries but also every-one involved in the project.

Watch our short video of our first landmark BRI conference in 2017, which had an opening keynote from Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK.