Where to find official information about the Belt and Road Initiative?
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), which is the agency responsible for forming this vision and methods of implementation published this document in March 2015 to elucidate and demystify the concept presented in general terms by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
- The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation Deliverables is a key document emerging out of the international forum held in Beijing in May 2019.
The Belt and Road Initiative Progress, Contributions and Prospects is a account of the progress achieved in the BRI from 2013 to 2019. It even reflects future plans and visions.
- China-African cooperation around the BRI and economic development: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
International links and documents:
- The most documented and updated project of the BRI is China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Here is the official website of the CPEC which is administered by the Pakistani government. It includes detailed information of all the projects under construction: CPEC Official Website.
- The Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance was adopted at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China. The concept is that the World Bank will be in charge of coordinating infrastructure initiatives such as the BRI and others to one global policy.
- In a resolution related to the situation in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted for Resolution 2344, The situation in Afghanistan. The resolution stated that the BRI is a key element in the stabilization of Afghanistan and the region.
- In November 2016 193 countries in the United Nations General Assembly for a resolution which supported the BRI and other development initiatives. In 2017 the UN Development Program issued "The Belt and Road Initiative: A new means to transformative global governance towards sustainable development".
- In June 2019 the World Bank issued Belt and Road Economics: Opportunities and Risks of Transport Corridors which is focused on the transport section of the BRI. The BRIX has not yet reviewed this report.