We witness very often articles and commentaries in mainstream media in the west and from so-called experts on China that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) “is vague”, that there is no list of nations that participate in it, and that it has no definition nor an agency that defines what it is. Here we show that the opposite is correct. There are very clear-cut concepts of the BRI if you consult the original sources. There are also lists of nations participating in it. There are documents and reports that outline its course and development. Here are some of the sources that we in the BRIX deem as useful in this respect. Chinese sources and documents: The most important official Chinese informationsource is the Belt and Road Portal. Here, we find news, docuemtns, and updates about the BRI. Here, we also find an updated list of the nations that participate in the BRI through signing memoranda of understanding with China. länder som har anslutit sig till BRI. The most important official document defining the BRI is the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road”. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NCDR), […]
Original information about the Belt and Road Initiative
We are frequently confronted with the question of getting real information about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that is not filtered through the views of journalists and think-taks in the Western world (who are usually sceptical if not hostile to China and the BRI). Our aim is to provide objective information from the original sources, i.e. the initiators and developers of the BRI, China and the nations that have joined the initiative. The BRI is not a fixed agreement, but it is an “initiative” to which all nations are invited to contribute and shape. However, since China is the main initiator and supporter of the BRI, it is natural to try to understand it through the eyes of the Chinese institutions. We will be updating these sources, as the BRI evolves and expands.
The most imprtant official source of BRI information is The Belt and Road Portal. Here you can find news, documents, and other updates about the BRI. Here, you can also find an updated list of the nations that have joined the BRI. A simplified infographic presentation is also available.
On the Vision and goals of the BRI