BELT AND ROAD ROUND UP is a free newsletter containing news and analysis from around the world relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. I look at some of the key stories and commentary on BRI issues, as well as providing insights from my own research. I’ll cover Chinese projects across Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Pacific, as well as a broader perspective on how China’s rapid rise impacts global development and governance.


I’m Nick Jepson, Hallsworth Research Fellow in Chinese political economy at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. I study the rise of China and its impact on the rest of the global political economy. My current research project looks at bilateral Chinese loans to other governments and what happens when borrowing countries struggle to pay them back. You can find out more here.