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
Noatum Container Terminal Bilbao
13 Jun 2017
Hong Kong-listed COSCO Shipping Ports acquired a majority stake in the Spanish container and rail terminal operator Noatum Ports for USD228 million.
Pakistan's Gwadar port
07 Jun 2017
As a key ally of China’s Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is positive about his country's future.
07 Jun 2017
A cooperation agreement between Antwerp and the North China port of Caofeidian is aimed at boosting coal and steel trade between the two gateways.
02 Jun 2017
Sri Lanka’s ports and shipping minister has said the agreement governing the controversial long-term lease of Hambantota port to a Chinese company will be renegotiated to ensure the best possible outcome for the country. 
Chinese President Xi announced new loans for Belt and Road projects.
01 Jun 2017
China’s Belt and Road initiative has received additional funding.


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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