China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to improve connectivity and cooperation on a transcontinental scale through infrastructure development and investments. The “belt” refers to the overland routes for road and rail transportation, while “road” refers to the sea routes. Currently, there are BRI investments in about 70 countries, and investments are estimated to cost over $1 trillion USD. The target completion date for the project is 2049.

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Blue Dot Network: The Belt and Road Alternative
The Diplomat, April 7, 2020

The PRC’s “Military-Civil Fusion” Strategy Is a Global Security Threat
U.S. Department of State, March 16, 2020

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On the PRC’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy
U.S. Department of State, March 12, 2020

U.S. States and the China Competition
U.S. Department of State, February 8, 2020

China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy Poses a Risk to National Security
U.S. Department of State, January 30, 2020

U.S.–China Bilateral Relations: The Lessons of History
U.S. Department of State, December 12, 2019

Background Briefing on U.S.-Central Asian Relations
U.S. Department of State, December 13, 2019

A Conversation with Ambassador Alice Wells on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (and Pakistan’s Participation in BRI)
U.S. Department of State, November 21, 2019

DOD Focuses on China’s Growing Military Capability
U.S. Department of Defense, November 13, 2019

Securing China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Dimensions and Implications
U.S. China Commission, January 25, 2018

China’s One Belt One Road initiative: A view from the United States
Brookings Institute, June 19, 2017