Thursday, July 12, 2018

Reconnecting Asia


Reconnecting Asia is an interactive map and database of infrastructure projects that are being developed across Asia. The map is focused on transportation projects, involving roads, railways, and ports, which have been developed or proposed between 2006 and today in the supercontinent of Eurasia.

Projects on the map are categorized into three categories - roads, railroads and ports. The map also includes a number of options which allow you to filter the map by type of project, date or locations. You can also search the map by individual project name. If you select a project on the map you can click through when more details are available. These details include information on construction dates, total cost of the project and details on the funders & constructors involved.


China has already spent more than 25 billion dollars on its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The initiative is designed to create the infrastructure to secure China’s trade routes and energy supplies. It is also being used to increase China's influence in the rest of the world.

The Mercator Institute for China Studies Belt and Road Tracker is an interactive map which shows some of the many BRI projects spanning Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. These projects include huge transport and oil & gas pipeline networks. The map sidebar allows you to show or hide different types of infrastructure project on the map. These include the railroads, ports and gas & oil pipelines which China has already constructed as part of its BRI. It also allows you to view railroads, ports and gas & oil pipelines which China plans to construct in the near future.

In One Belt, One Road the Financial Times also explores some of the construction projects being created by China to transport people and goods around the world. In The five main projects of the Belt and Road Initiative the South China Morning Post explores five huge Chinese infrastructure projects. These include a rail route from China to London, Gwadar Port, a rail route to Iran, the Asian gas pipeline and the Khorgas Gateway.
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