BELT AND ROAD ROUND UP is a free bi-weekly digest of developments from around the world relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. I’ll round up the latest news and point you in the direction of key commentary on all things BRI, 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 Fellow in Chinese political economy at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. I study the rise of China from a global and historical perspective. 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.