The Belt and Road Initiative

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What is the Belt and Road Initiative?

The Belt and Road initiative was first introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.The vision is to create and improve the physical (infrastructure), financial (lending, capital-raising) and policy (e.g. customs, trade alliances) conditions that will facilitate greater trade and investment.

It consists of the Silk Road Economic Belt (the ‘Belt’) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the ‘Road’). The ‘Belt’ is a land-based route leading from China through Central Asia to Europe, and the ‘Road’ is sea-based, passing through Southeast Asia, Africa, Middle East and reaching Europe. It connects more than 65 countries with a continually growing geographical reach; the countries involved account for approximately 4.4 billion people, around 63 per cent of the world’s population, and 29 per cent of global GDP1.


New and improved trade routes and infrastructure will make it quicker and easier for businesses to trade globally, with access to new markets and helping to streamline existing supply chains. It is becoming increasingly evident that the benefits are not limited to China alone; it will have a huge impact on the global economy and local businesses on and off the Belt and Road.

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HSBC’s commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative recognised in Asiamoney’s New Silk Road Finance Awards 2020

HSBC has been supporting clients in capturing business opportunities along the BRI.

We are pleased to have been recognised by Asiamoney in their annual ‘New Silk Road Finance Awards 2020’. Our vision is aligned with the BRI’s goal of achieving a higher quality, and more open, inclusive, sustainable and market-driven programme.


Coronavirus recovery: China’s Belt and Road is the ideal route for developing nations

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Written by South China Morning Post

  • There can be no global recovery, especially for developing countries, without a recovery in the cross-border flow of capital, goods and services
  • As a cosmopolitan, high quality and sustainable network for investment and trade, the Belt and Road Initiative can make a vital contribution to restarting the world economy

The Belt and Road Initiative: Globalisation’s next chapter

Mukhtar Hussain
Written by (E) BrandConnect, a commercial division of The Economist Group

Launched in 2013 by China's president, Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) envisaged a massive infrastructure build-out that would trace the "silk roads" that once traversed Eurasia and the seas connecting China to Africa

Connecting the world

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Written by (E) BrandConnect, a commercial division of The Economist Group

As part of a four-article series, HSBC examines how the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is evolving in response to the lessons and challenges experienced so far and what this could mean for the global economy, from climate change to regional economic development and from project governance to trade connectivity. Our second article explores how the BRI is moving from infrastructure projects to a broader focus on increased cross-border and international connectivity.

A Green Belt and Road

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Our third article explores the critical issue of climate change and the green agenda. How aligned is the BRI with global sustainability?

HSBC and the BRI: How we can support businesses with ambitions to grow across the Belt and Road

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Our final article explores how HSBC's own deep roots in Asia position us to support regional and global clients seeking to join the BRI's new phase

The Belt & Road’s global impact

Janet Henry, Global Chief Economist

The Belt & Road Initiative spreads far beyond China and now extends beyond infrastructure spending. The investment flows from Beijing are set to continue growing, but low-income countries need to find the right balance between providing infrastructure and increasing debt.

The BRI is breathing new life into the world's largest inland port

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From hydroelectricity to windfarms, the BRI is empowering nations

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Large-scale BRI infrastructure projects are receiving much needed investment

The BRI is more than just infrastructure

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Hear the term “Belt and Road,” and your mind may drift to the massive physical infrastructural projects that are primarily associated with the initiative.

Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities on the rise

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Belt and Road is about opportunity. For construction, logistics and energy companies; for exporters and for local and international investors, by galvanising fundraising and financial-markets activity across dozens of countries housing hundreds of millions of people in the coming years.


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