Number of Chinese think tanks that make up the "BRI coalition of think tanks". As TJ Ma notes, "Rolling out a geopolitical and developmental program as ambitious as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) consumes not just cash. It also burns brainpower. China’s unprecedented international undertaking requires understanding of host country conditions, careful planning of execution and anticipation of pitfalls. The amount of deliberation needed to propel the initiative forward produces a proliferation of one kind of institution especially endowed with brainpower: think tanks."