Iraq will soon join the BRI in order to develop relations with China. The BRi will help for the reconstruction of Iraq and stability in Middle East.
On April 21, 2019, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made a historic visit to Iran and met with President Hassan Rouhani and pledged to support the BRI.
Saudi’s NEOM may become a hub for the Belt and Road Initiative.
Emirati group DP World filed a lawsuit against China Merchants Port Holdings in the High Court of Hong Kong.
From 15 to 17 February 2019 was held the 55th Munich Security Conference. Over the years, this event has become a major meeting place for leaders from around the world who can discuss global issues related to security and defense.
In early 2019, several states in Middle East announced their interest in the port of Gwadar in Pakistan. The port of Gwadar is the flagship project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the opening of the CECP to the rest of the world, the port of Gwadar is likely to become a major hub connecting China, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
On his way to Africa, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a stopover in the United Arab Emirates, where he met with the Emirates leaders.
On May 15, 2018, China and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding on the BRI. Thanks to this agreement, Oman is committed to participating in the realization of the new Silk Roads.
US withdrawal from this agreement may have several consequences on relations between China and Iran and the development of the new Silk Roads.
On April 30 and May 1, 2018, was held in Dubai, the fourth international conference of the WFZO (World Organization of Free Zones) gathering near 200 attendees from all continents. This conference was preceded by special workshops including one dedicated to the new Silk Roads.