Trade with Belt and Road countries exceeds US$860 billion
China’s imports and exports in BRI countries has surpassed $860 billion USD in the first three quarters, up 13.2% from the previous year. Exports to these countries is up 7.7% compared to the previous year, while imports are up 20.9%. Non-financial direct investment in these three quarters stands at nearly $11 billion USD, an increase of 12.3%. Major infrastructure projects include the Hickley Point nuclear power station in the UK, the China-Laos railway, and the Hungarian-Serbia railway. While these projects have injected mass amounts of money into economies across the 82 overseas economic and trade cooperation zones, they have also created a significant debt problem that some analysts fear will limit or even overturn the intended outcomes of the initiative.