According to the global consultancy McKinsey the plan has the potential to massively overshadow the US' post-war Marshall reconstruction plan, involving about 65% of the worlds population, one-third of its GDP and helping to move about a quarter of all its goods and services.

Why Belt and Raid initiative? well surprisingly some Chinese officials have struggled to define the awkwardly-named scheme. The Road is not actually a road but rather a sea route linking China's southern coast to east Africa and the Mediterranean and the Belt is a series of oveland corridors connecting China with Europe,via Central Asia and Middle East.