Belt and Road

 The sheer scale China’s Belt and Road programme and its strong focus on trade and transportation infrastructure mean it will likely be one of the biggest influencers on the global maritime industry for decades to come.  However, industry stakeholders both within and outside of China struggle to understand the true implications and potential impact of the programme.  This is largely because it is unprecedented in terms of both its size and method, but also because it is unprecedented in terms of the expansion of China-related interests in one programme overseas.  

Belt and Road is already boosting opportunities and the level of development of port and logistics infrastructure on a global level, as well as filling some much needed gaps in the maritime and trade infrastructure of emerging markets  But by bringing more state involvement into the development of maritime and trade assets - and with that development drivers that may go beyond the immediate financial and functional goals of new infrastructure - Belt and Road also adds a high degree of complexity and increased risk for traditional investors, developers and operators in sector assets.

This page represents a collection of key intelligence from our specialist business writers on the Belt and Road programme, with the primary aim of facilitating better understanding of it to support the industry to take advantage of its opportunities and help mitigate its risks. 

News & Analysis

23 Aug 2018
Study warns of the dangers of poor project planning and weak due diligence due to heavy political pressure on state-controlled companies that could leave investors with significant losses
25 May 2016
Pakistan is introducing extensive, long-term tax concessions for Chinese companies operating at the port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea to attract greater investment under China’s One Belt, One Road programme.
CMHI port
10 Mar 2016
New investment opportunities are planned in Africa, Asia and Europe as part of China's One Belt One Road Strategy, CMHI managing director Bai Jingtao tells IHS Fairplay
Xi Jinping
18 Nov 2015
China’s Belt and Road initiative means opportunities for maritime and logistics players despite inherent risks with investing in some of the markets along the planned routes, according to top executives from three leading China-based logistics and port companies.
09 Nov 2015
China’s One Belt, One Road trade strategy is creating intense interest among the shipping and land transport sectors and will be one of the hot topics under discussion at the Marintec China 2015 Senior Maritime Forum that will be held during the giant Shanghai trade fair in December. The forum will run alongside Marintec China 2015, which takes place from 1–4 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Now in its 18th edition, the forum is a pivotal platform for maritime industry professionals.


Belt and Road is expected to generate USD2.5 trillion in the next decade in additional trade between China and more than 60 countries connected by a sprawling network of roads, railways, air, and sea trade links.

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