Belt and road: Investors wary of infrastructure deals

Institutions have largely stayed out of China's continent-spanning investment vision. Analysts believe better protection against the risks could encourage them to get involved.
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Institutional investment into China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a massive Asia-to-Europe infrastructure scheme, has been limited, but industry observers say improved downside risk protection would give them more confidence to participate.

Many institutions in Greater China are on the lookout for belt-and-road deals, but have been cautious because of the perceived high risk involved, particularly on the political side, said Janet Li, director of investments for Greater China at consultancy Willis Towers Watson.

Projects with the same target return in the US, for example, are likely to be much less risky than those in belt-and-road regions, Li told AsianInvestor, sister...

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