18: Belt and Road Initiative
For Launching the Largest Infrastructure Blitz the World Has Ever Seen—1,814 Projects and Counting
From Russia to South Africa, Indonesia to Colombia, there's hardly a corner of the world left untouched by China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Quite simply, it's the largest infrastructure program ever, with overall budget estimates hitting as high as US$8 trillion. Since officially launching it in 2013, China has poured investments into more than 60 countries that account for two-thirds of the global population.