The China Connection

Routes of the China-proposed Belt & Road Initiative [Liulunan/ENGLISH.GOV.CN]

The Belt and Road: The world’s longest, most potential and most active economic corridors, linking the economic circles of East Asia, Europe and North America.
Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice-Chairperson, China Center for International Economic Exchanges
Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice-Chairperson, China Center for International Economic Exchanges

One Belt – One Road

One of the most significant series of corridor developments is the ‘One Belt – One Road’ initiative (OBOR), also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). OBOR consists of two main sets of economic corridors led by China but open to other country participation: the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road’. These routes link Asia with Europe as well as with Africa and the Middle East, escalating globalized trade and investment. This initiative provides an ambitious vision of connectivity across more than 60 countries and 4.4 billion people, aiming for policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds.
There is strong interest from China to learn from the African economic corridor experience. Following two conferences in Tianjin and Beijing in 2015 and a side-event conference at the 2015 Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the IRCI Partnership has been encouraged to include a South–South platform to share knowledge and experience in good practice planning and development of African and Asian corridors.

Publications & Articles

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Declaration of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Johannesburg Action Plan(2016-2018)

WWF FOCAC Conference 2015 Report

'China Inc.' Becomes China the Builder in Africa

Chinese Companies Need ‘Code of Conduct’ Oversees

The Belt and Road Initiative: 65 Countries and Beyond

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