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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to evolve and offer opportunities for nations, communities and businesses. But it is not without controversy in areas such as environmental protection and international debt.

As a leader in many Belt and Road sectors, CMS has polled and interviewed over 500 BRI participants around the world, about their current thinking on BRI and the prospects they see for it. This series of reports analyses sentiment around the world, considers what BRI means for each region, shines a spotlight on different nations and highlights legal considerations.

You can access the full series of regional reports below.


Belt and Road: the view from Africa

Our experts analyse what BRI means for the Africa region, highlight legal considerations and take a closer look at the prospects for future BRI investment in several countries, including Angola, Kenya and South Africa.

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Belt and Road: the view from Latin America

Our new report shows that sentiment towards BRI in Latin America remains relatively positive, despite such headwinds. From the involvement of Chinese businesses in Panama Canal ports to Chinese investments in lithium mining and renewable energy, trans-Pacific connections between Latin American economies and China’s Asian powerhouse continue to grow.

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Belt and Road: The View from Middle East and North Africa

Nations across the Middle East and North Africa have been keen to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Railways, ports, roads, power projects and even smart cities have all seen significant Chinese investment. The region forms an important part of China’s trade route jigsaw, with the Gulf in particular a strategic crossroads, while its oil and LNG remain crucial to fulfilling China’s energy requirements.

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Belt and Road: The View from Central and Eastern Europe

China’s Belt and Road initiative has the potential to help nations across Central and Eastern Europe meet their diverse and growing infrastructure needs. Our report examines the sentiment in the region towards BRI, the challenges that exist, and the steps Belt and Road participants can take to achieve success.

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Belt and Road: The View from China

Our report on Chinese participants in the Belt and Road Initiative, produced in collaboration with TianTong Law Firm, is available in both English and Chinese language versions.

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Belt and Road: The View from Asia Pacific Region

Asia-Pacific is the region attracting most interest among BRI participants. Our report looks at the opinions of those active in APAC, and their views of the main BRI opportunities and risks.

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Munir Hassan
Munir Hassan
Head of the CMS Energy & Climate Change Group
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