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Business in Contemporary China

This page is a starting point for students researching Chinese industries, consumers, and companies.


The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa (loosely based on the ancient Silk Road routes). It comprises the:

  • Silk Road Economic Belt
  • 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Coverage (Media)

Coverage (Organizations)

China Officialdom


  • the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (丝绸之路经济带和21世纪海上丝绸之路)
  • the Belt and Road (B&R; 一带一路)
  • the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • the land and maritime Silk Road Initiative
  • Belt and Road Forum (BARF)
  • One Belt One Road (OBOR)
  • One Belt: Silk Road Economic Belt
  • One Road: Maritime Silk Road

Related Topics


Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

New Development Bank (NDB)

  • formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank
  • a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa
  • Headquarters: Shanghai, China
  • President: K. V. Kamath (India)
  • FT articles on NDB


  • Silk Road Fund (launched in 2015 with $40 billion of initial capital)

Policy Banks

  • Export-Import Bank of China (ExIm Bank)
  • China Development Bank

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