China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an immensely ambitious development campaign to boost trade and stimulate economic growth across Asia and beyond. 

China intends to build massive amounts of infrastructure connecting it to countries around the globe. There are plans for pipelines and a port in Pakistan, bridges in Bangladesh and railways to Russia - all with the aim of creating what China calls a “modern Silk Road” trading route that may kick start a new era of globalisation.

Also referred to as "one belt, one road", the project has implications for the expansion and internationalization of the renminbi (RMB), both in the real economies of Belt and Road host countries and in the London offshore financial market. 

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