The Energy Charter Treaty and Process could complement the ambitious energy segment of the Belt and Road Initiative and provide investment protection, dispute resolution tools, trade and transit rules for benefits of all participating nations. China is currently focused on building the Belt and Road Energy Partnership with countries in Eurasia and Africa. Many of those countries are already Members of the Energy Charter Treaty, or in the accession process to it. The Energy Charter Secretariat in 2017 with the support of the Member States and China established The International Energy Charter – China Electricity Council Joint Research Centre in Beijing. Last year the Industry Advisory Panel of the International Energy Charter in Asia was hosted by EPPEI - China’s Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute.