Going South: Successfully investing in S.E. Asia along the BRI

Date17 January 2020
Published date17 January 2020
Subject MatterInternational Investment Law
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Going South: Successfully investing in S.E. Asia
along the BRI
By King & Wood Mallesons on January 17, 2020
by Yong Kaichang KWM
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a monumental global development program
initiated to connect China with the world to promote trade, economic integration, and
growth. Since its inception by President Xi in 2013, the BRI, set out along ancient land
and maritime networks, is now a US$1 trillion project spanning over 137 countries and 30
international organizations.
For many investors, particularly Chinese investors, the attraction of South East Asia
(SEA) along the BRI is clear. SEA is a large and relatively untapped emerging market
experiencing significant economic growth, has relatively lower costs, has a growing
middle class, and has huge growth potential. Whilst the general investment outlook for
SEA remains cautious due to the US-China trade war and regional geopolitical tensions,
the attraction to “go south” has increased in recent times with Chinese companies seeking
to hedge their risks, restructure their supply chains, and avoid tariffs arising from the US-
China trade war and with the recent uncertainty in Hong Kong. Along with its key focus on
infrastructure development and construction, SEA’s key sectors for investment now cover

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