Investments in the Belt and Road Initiative

The following interactive map shows the Chinese investments in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from 2013 to December 2020 in different sectors. In this time, China invested about USD 770 billion in the 138 countries of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that had signed MoUs with China to work together under the BRI.

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Industries

The most important industries that receive BRI investments are

  • energy (about 39%)
  • transport (about 25%)
  • real estate (about 10%)
  • metals (about 8%).

Regions

The regions that receive most BRI investments between 2013 and 2020 are:

  • East Asia with 27%
  • West Asia with 22%
  • Sub-Saharan Africa with 21%
  • Arab and Middle East with 14%

The share of BRI investments in different regions has changed over time.

Share of BRI investments in different regions
Share of BRI investments in different regions (Source: IIGF Green BRI Center)
Chinese investments in the Belt and Road Initiative 2020BRI investments 2020

For a detailed report on Chinese investments in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) 2013-2020, you can explore our current data analysis here, or download the full report here.

Update and contact

The data for the BRI countries and years of signature of the BRI MoU are based on a number of official, news and web sources. Please contact us (info@green-bri.org) if you have any questions or suggestions.

Recommended citation:

Nedopil, Christoph (2021): “Investments in the Belt and Road Initiative”; Beijing, IIGF Green BRI Center, www.green-bri.org