Aerial photo taken on April 11, 2019 shows a container wharf at Qinzhou port in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Guangxi has played an increasingly important role under the Belt and Road Initiative. (Xinhua/Cao Yiming)
-- Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) -- China's proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries -- was unveiled in September and October 2013.
The initiative focuses on promoting policy coordination, connectivity of infrastructure and facilities, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and closer people-to-people ties through extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, with the goal of bringing benefits to all.
-- Jointly building BRI
A total of 13 Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, including Xinjiang, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Guangxi, Yunnan and Tibet, are involved in the Silk Road Economic Belt.
China's Shanghai municipality and the four provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Hainan are the participants of the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road.
-- Belt and Road countries and regions
As of March 2020, the number of countries that have joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China is 138. 138 countries are part of the BRI, according to www.yidaiyilu.gov.cn.
The countries of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are spread across all continents:
38 countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa
34 BRI countries are in Europe & Central Asia (including 18 countries of the European Union (EU) that are part of the BRI)
25 BRI countries are in East Asia & pacific
17 BRI countries in Middle East & North Africa
18 BRI countries are in Latin America & Caribbean
6 countries are in South East Asia