Silk Road - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Silk Road


On my bookshelf, China and dictators steal the spotlight

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Three books on the changing world

[ANALYSIS] China’s new Great Wall

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line

China's Xi aims to soothe Belt and Road fears

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:35 PM

In a speech kicking off a Belt and Road Initiative summit, Xi Jinping also offers soothing remarks to the US over subsidies, the yuan, and trade as the two sides head into fresh high-level talks next week

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE. Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to soothe concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Italy, China sign new 'Silk Road' protocol

Mar 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Italy becomes the first G7 country to sign up for the project, which has sparked unease in the US and the EU as China aspires to a greater world role

IN AGREEMENT. China's President Xi Jinping and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake hands during a signing ceremony of partnership agreements following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019 as part of Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

China's Xi says new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Italy has rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping, who will on March 23 sign a memorandum of understanding for Rome to join the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative

NEW SILK ROAD. This photo taken and handout on March 22, 2019 by the Quirinale Presidential Press Office shows Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands after addressing a press conference following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, as part of a two-day visit to Italy. AFP PHOTO / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

China's Xi: Belt and Road Initiative to benefit all

May 14, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Xi pitches for win win cooperation and partnerships with no confrontation as he opens the two day Belt and Road Forum

'WIN-WIN.' Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a pitch for the Belt and Road Initiative in front of world leaders in Beijing in the first Belt and Road Forum. Screenshot from CGTN website

Duterte joins China summit on new Silk Road

May 14, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in China for a two day forum on Chinese President Xi Jinping s signature foreign policy program

BACK IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Beijing on May 13, 2017, to attend China's two-day Belt and Road Forum. Malacañang photo

FAST FACTS: China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 1:22 AM

The two day forum in Beijing is an opportunity for China to explain to other countries its grand vision to revive and expand the Silk Road trade routes and help fund developing countries infrastructure projects to boot

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Photo by Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse

What to expect from Duterte at China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 13, 2017 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippine President will get to see his idol Russian President Vladimir Putin again and will give a speech about his country s experience with China

BACK IN BEIJING. President Rodrigo Duterte, beside his partner Honeylet Avanceña, arrives at Beijing's special airport terminal on Saturday, May 13

Duterte in Belt and Road Forum affirms PH back in China’s embrace

May 13, 2017 - 9:26 AM

For China President Duterte s presence in their high profile forum means the Philippines is back in its sphere of influence

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping, architect of the Belt and Road Initiative, during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China pushes economic diplomacy amid warm Philippine ties

May 06, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Asian powerhouse expresses optimism over the Philippines participation in the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative

Duterte to attend Belt and Road summit in China

Mar 24, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The Philippine President s attendance to the Silk Road Initative summit in May will be his second visit to China

REVIVED FRIENDSHIP. Chinese President Xi Jinping invites Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the One Belt, One Road Summit in China. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Chinese consortium buys Opera browser for $600M

Jul 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The consortium will purchase the mobile and desktop versions of the Opera browser plus performance and privacy apps and a stake in a Chinese joint venture but not the television media and games units

Opera Software shareholders accept Chinese bid

May 25, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The Chinese consortium still needs the go signal from US and Chinese regulatory authorities before it can complete the acquisition

Opera Software welcomes Chinese consortium's $1.2B bid

Feb 10, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The Opera Software board unanimously recommends the consortium s offer to shareholders

Ex-DEA agent gets 6.5 years in Silk Road case

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Carl Force is one of two federal agents so far who have been charged with crimes in connection with their roles in investigating Silk Road

PH and China’s 21st century maritime silk road

May 22, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The vision of an Asian Way of cooperation and alliance is getting closer to reality and the Philippines must be part of that vision and leave the tradition of nation state as the world blurs its borders

Amid tension, Chinese cities push investments in PH

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Xiamen and Quanzhou in Fujian province where many Filipino Chinese trace their roots want their businessmen to go global

ONE STOP SHOP. Investors at the Xiamen Xiangyu Free Trade Zone need only to stop at one place to check all their requirements. All photos by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

US jury finds Silk Road mastermind guilty

Feb 05, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Ross Ulbricht 30 was shown to have amassed a fortune of 18 million from the underground Internet bazaar which provided a platform for more than one million drug deals in nearly 3 years

DOWN. 'This hidden site has been seized' is shown on a screen showing the illegal Internet retail platform 'Silk†Road 2.0' during a press conference at the Hesse Office of Criminal Investigations in Wiesbaden, Germany, 11 November 2014.

US defense argues wrong man accused as Silk Road head

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:18 PM

During a cross examination of the first witness lawyer Joshua Dratel establishes investigators used to suspect Mark Karpeles former chief of failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox as the Silk Road boss

SILK ROAD. This hidden site has been seized' is shown on a screen showing the illegal Internet retail platform 'Silk Road 2.0' during a press conference at the Hesse Office of Criminal Investigations in Wiesbaden, Germany, 11 November 2014.Boris Roessler/EPA

The new 'silk road' links China's factories to heart of Europe

Mar 29, 2014 - 11:51 PM

One of the world s longest railways is a modern day silk road linking Europe to China

SILK ROAD. One of the world's longest railways is a "modern-day silk road" linking Europe to China. It is approximately 11,000-kilometers. Map from Wikipedia

The Afghan highlands

Feb 17, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Exploring the region of Bamyan Afghanistan s last frontier