The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is supporting the construction of colossal infrastructural projects that enhance global connectivity. The new projects create new development opportunities for the investment recipient countries. Sometimes the new projects excessively rely on Chinese financing and Chinese companies for their implementation increasing risks for both investors and host countries, and requiring new regulatory responses. The BRI is part of a more comprehensive strategic play for a new and enhanced role for China in global economic governance. The paper initially provides an overview of the regulations that shape the BRI investments’ environment and explains their significance for Chinese investors, demonstrating regulatory gaps and risks. In the second part, the paper examines the new multi-level regulatory solutions that China and BRI countries are implementing in order to deal with the complexities of the BRI investments. By doing so, the paper demonstrates that the BRI has triggered a regulatory transformation that places China at the centre. On the one hand, the new regulations support Chinese investors and mitigate the risks that they face. On the other hand, however, the new domestic and international regulations, aim at taming the Chinese economic model, and antagonise the greater presence of Chinese investors.
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