Belt and Road: tackling the misconceptions

A FinanceAsia survey reveals strong interest in China’s massive infrastructure plan, but the level of understanding is mixed

Encompassing 65-plus countries, China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to create a modern Silk Road connecting the world’s second-largest economy with Central Asia, Europe and Africa, and another route linking China to Southeast Asia and east Africa by sea.

The scale of the programme is vast. With over $1 trillion of investments planned, from ports in Pakistan to railway projects in Africa, Belt and Road spans approximately 4.4 billion of the world’s population and about 40% of the global economy.

To test the level of Belt and Road appetite from investors and executive, we surveyed FinanceAsia readers on their expectations for the initiative.

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