China’s Global Footprint

Belt, Road and Beyond

This year is the 10th anniversary of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). First launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China has since poured billions of dollars into infrastructure projects in countries around the world. But with its name echoing the ancient Silk Road, a network of routes linking China to foreign trade and cultural centers, Beijing's BRI ambitions also go beyond infrastructure projects to include education, health and other sectors.

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About the project

This year marks the 10th anniversary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. First launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, it draws from the idea of the ancient Silk Road, a network of routes where people traveled for trade and cultural exchanges. China’s 21st century iteration of the BRI aims for connectivity by land and sea to Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and beyond. This special project looks at the successes and challenges of the BRI and what they could mean for its future.

Project credits

Special thank you to VOA Indonesia and Voz de América for contributing to this project. Dedicated journalists from around the world have also made this project possible.