“Belt and Road Initiative” infrastructure development and construction projects have great impact in the poorest rural areas, according to AidData.
On 21 August 2018, the newly elected Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir announced the cancellation of three BRI projects in Malaysia, including the “East Coast Rail Link” (ECRL) and two pipelines. But Malaysia is still member of the BRI.
In September 2018, a Sino-Japanese committee on public and private investment along the new Silk Roads might be held in Beijing.
China and Myanmar continue negotiating on the construction of Kyaukpyu Port in Rakhine State. Kyaukpyu is expected to become a major economic center on the Bay of Bengal through the construction of a deep-water port and the opening of a special economic zone.
In late February 2018, this program was further advanced with the creation of a Digital Belt and Road International Center of Excellence in Thailand. This center is the result of cooperation between the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Since 2009, China has become Malaysia’s largest trading partner. Under Xi Jinping’s presidency, Chinese investment in Malaysia has seen strong growth. While most investments have been concentrated in the infrastructure, transportation and real estate sectors, new, more diversified investments are expected.
HNA Holding Group, subsidiary of HNA Group, a major company in the tourism industry in China and in the world with Hainan Airlines and Aigle Azur (France), has bought the Singaporean company CWT. CWT is the main logistics company in
In October 2017, Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh’s foreign secretary reaffirmed his country’s desire to join the Belt and Road initiative, at the World Economic Forum in New Delhi. Shahidul Haque stated that his country needed to be better connected to the
According to an article published in the Asia Times, Myanmar is to facilitate foreign investments, particularly those related to the Belt and Road initiative. The country has already started to open its economy since 2016, and a law allowing the
In late August 2017, the Government of Thailand announced that the construction of a high-speed train line between Bangkok and Nong Khai, a border town next Laos, will start next October. The first phase of this project will consist of