On the 16th of October, the first Laos-China Railway passenger train departed from Kunming, headed for Vientiane.
The Indonesian government will partly finance construction of the Jakarta-Bandung railway line, a major BRI project.
Several BRI projects have been conducted in Cambodia, but the country still faces majors governance and environment issues.
In early April 2021, the Malaysian government announced the re-initiation of the original alignment of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).
Philippines’ “AmBisyon Natin 2040” and “Build! Build! Build!” can get accelerated in cooperation with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Brunei is looking for increasing cooperation with China under the BRI to accelerate its own develoment strategy called Wawasan Brunei 2035.
Singapore does not require external financing to develop its public infrastructure, but is still looking for taking part in the BRI.
Under Widodo’s presidency, was implemented in Indonesia a national development strategy focusing on maritime affairs, the Global Maritime Fulcrum.
In spite of delays, the China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) has become a core component of Myanmar’s national strategy.
Right after his African tour, in early January, Wang Yi flew to Southeast Asia to strengthen ties between China and four ASEAN countries.