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The BRI’s economic corridors

posted on 2022-08-15, 06:40 authored by Chun Yin Man, Keyu LuoKeyu Luo, Mengting Zhang, David Alexander PalmerDavid Alexander Palmer


The geometry and attributes, including descriptions and the status of 8 economic corridors in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) up until August 2021. Depiction of the economic corridors is based on the transportation networks, including expressways and railways with their status (e.g., existing or new projects backed by Chinese enterprises) annotated in the Shapefile.The list of economic corridors is listed below. Corridors 1-6 have been officially recognized by the Chinese government. Moreover, this dataset visualizes the economic corridors connecting China, Vietnam, and Africa, subsumed under corridors 7-8.

  1. China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC)
  2. China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (CMREC)
  3. New Eurasian Land Bridge (NELBEC)
  4. China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor (CCW)
  5. Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM)
  6. China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor (CICPEC)
  7. China Vietnam Economic Corridor (CVEC)
  8. The China-Africa Economic Corridor (CAEC)

For a combined visualization of the economic corridors, see: 9. Combined.

An interactive view of this dataset: Link


Data were collected from multiple public sources. Locations of new expressways and railways were digitized based on images in The existing transportation networks, including expressways and railways, are sourced from Natural Earth, Road version 5.0.0 (Published on 7 December 2021) and Natural Earth, Railroad version 4.0.0 (Published on 15 October 2017). The polygons and boundaries of regions are sourced from Natural Earth, Admin 0 – Countries version 5.1.1 (Published on 12 May 2022). For metadata, such as data description and available methods for geospatial data processing, please read the readme.pdf.

Terms of use

This dataset features in a collection of geospatial data "Geo-mapping databases for the Belt and Road Initiative". To cite this work, available citation styles can be found here: 


CRF grant no. C7052-18G, “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road”