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 and how to reach them in collaboration with other nations, this document “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road“ is the most comprehensive one. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NCDR) issued this paper in March 2015 defining in detail what President Xi Jinping initierade in September och October 2013.
Africa’s cooperation with China around the BRI and the joint development projects are conducted under the umbrella of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).