One Belt One Road


China-Britain Belt and Road Guide 2016

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One Belt, One Road - a report by CBBC and the FCO

In September 2015, the China-Britain Business Council released a comprehensive new report on China's ambitious and complex "One Belt One Road" initiative in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Designed as a practical guide to where the opportunities lie for UK companies, the report contains succinct chapters on the seven key sectors and 13 major regions to help you understand what the implications are in your industry and where your next steps should be.

"UK business is poised to play an integral part ... New markets will open and new supply chains will change the way goods move across the globe."

HM Ambassador Barbara Woodward


Why is the initiative so important for the UK?

The "Silk Road Economic Belt" and "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" together encompass over 60 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

There will be exciting new commercial opportunities in the short, medium and long term. CBBC and the FCO believe the potential exists for powerful partnerships between British and Chinese companies not just in China but in countries along the routes.

"OBOR has the potential to shape global trade and investment well into the future ... It is vital that British companies understand rapidly what OBOR could mean in the years - indeed decades - ahead."

Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council 











The Economic Belt to the north (orange/yellow/red) and the Maritime Road to the south (blue)


7 key sectors

We identify seven industries which stand to benefit - among others - and present a special section on each one in the report.

  • Infrastructure
  • Financial & Professional Services
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Transport
  • Agriculture
  • Energy & Resources
  • E-Commerce & Logistics
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences


13 key regions

Special chapters in the report detail sectoral developments and opportunities in 13 main regions.

  • Xinjiang Autonomous Region
  • Fujian Province
  • Shaanxi Province
  • Gansu Province
  • Qinghai Province
  • Ningxia Province
  • Sichuan Province
  • Chongqing Municipality
  • Yunnan Province
  • Jiangsu Province
  • Guangdong Province
  • Hainan Province

There will also be significant opportunities for British companies to work with Chinese partners in third countries, as we explain in our report.


The wider context - all you need to know

OBOR is not only an economic initiative, but a major geopolitical one too. Read the report for our assessment.

  • The vision and objectives of OBOR
  • The 6 international economic corridors and 60 countries
  • New policies and reforms
  • New funding streams (incl. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Silk Road Fund)
  • Effective business models for UK companies
  • What OBOR means beyond China's borders
  • Risks and challenges