Total annual spending under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) peaked at nearly $106 billion in 2016. Funding for construction projects, in which China builds infrastructure within a country, also crested in 2016. Spending on investment projects, in which China takes an ownership stake in a country's assets, rose to about $44 billion in 2015 but has fallen since.
Source: Cecilia Joy-Pérez and Derek Scissors, “Be Wary of Spending on the Belt and Road,” American Enterprise Institute, November 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y83akbrz
Data for the graphic are as follows:
|Year||Construction Amount in Billions of Dollars||Investment Amount in Billions of Dollars (includes the acquisition of companies and other assets in BRI countries)|
|2018 (figures are for six months and are preliminary)||$24.60||$13.60|