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Chinese Business and the Belt and Road Initiative Institutional Strategies

By Jerry J. Zhang Copyright 2022
    222 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book looks at how Chinese companies optimize investment opportunities while implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R or BRI). Specifically, it studies five high-profile infrastructure projects undertaken by Chinese firms. Going in-depth through case-study analysis, this book fills a gap by providing the background stories of these projects.

    By applying a case study approach to five notable and representative B&R projects, including Hambantota Port, the Port de Djibouti, and China–Belarus Industrial Park, it is found that strategies of Chinese firms to implement the BRI have been designed to achieve property rights security, reduction of transaction costs, and internalization of benefits overflowing from expanded business scope or multiple business lines.

    With firsthand data from host stakeholders and on-ground project managers, this book is a highly relevant and valuable text for policy makers and researchers hoping to understand the policy impact and implications of B&R investments on targeted countries

    1. Introduction 2. Silk Roads History and Case Country Institutional Dynamics 3. Profile of Case Actors and Cases 4. CMPorts’ Investments in Sri Lanka 5. China Merchants’ Investments in Djibouti 6. China Merchants' Investment in Belarus 7. Cross-Case Generalizations and Policy Implications 8. Chinese Firms' Institutional Strategies 9. Generalizations and Implications of Chinese Firms’ Institutional Strategies 10. Conclusion


    Jerry J. Zhang has been an investment professional since 2010. He was previously an investment banker in New York and Hong Kong for 15 years. He obtained his Doctor of Business Administration degree from City University of Hong Kong in 2020 and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994.