In mid-July 2015 the Russian city of Ufa was the venue for the 7th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit and the 15th SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) Summit.
On June 29, 2015, Vietnam joined the other founding members of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in signing the bank’s articles of agreement.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s inaugural visit to Latin America in May 2015 highlighted the shift in China’s economic engagement with the region.
In a conference on Sino-Cambodian cooperation held in June 2015, Bu Jianguo, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, identified Cambodia as being located on China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road development plan.
In his first state visit to Pakistan on April 20, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a massive package of investments in Pakistan’s infrastructure.
For his first overseas tour of 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited 3 key nations in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran.
The unexpected support from the UK and other US allies for the AIIB shows that many countries don’t share the US’ understanding of the AIIB as representing a zero-sum competition for global influence.