Full Truck Alliance raises $1.7bn as Uber meets Silk Road

Full Truck Alliance, the Chinese ground transport ‘Uber-for-trucks’ online platform, announced earlier today that it has…

Pandemic and environmentalists put pressure on New Silk Road

Governments want China to restructure, delay repayments or forgive tens of billions of dollars of loans…

Maersk halves train times from China to Europe via Turkey

The journey time for the movement of goods between China and Europe was effectively slashed in…

Healthcare diplomacy helps consolidate China’s soft power

China’s soft power: The coronavirus pandemic has given President Xi Jinping’s administration the opportunity to continue…

Huwaei wins Russian 5G contract as Trump pushes Xi and Putin into each others’ arms

Huawei is to build Russia’s first 5G wireless network after it struck a deal with MTS…

Liu steps out of Davos shadows to fuel speculation about Chinese succession

Speculation that  the Harvard – educated economist Liu He is being groomed as successor to Chinese…

Sri Lanka leases Hambantota port to Chinese to cover loans – from China

Sri Lanka has formally handed over its loss-making southern port of Hambantota to China on a…

Trebles all round! Cameron cashes in on Brexit through Belt & Road fund role

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron has taken on a new role leading a government-backed investment…

Chabahar set to take on Gwadar in fight for traffic on South Asian sea route

The prospect of a new strategic sea route connecting Iran, India and Afghanistan  came one step…

Milan takes fast train to China

Milan became the latest European city to join up to China’s Belt and Road initiative last…

Russia and Kazakhstan agree route for high-speed EurAsia Land Bridge

Plans for a  300km per hour  high-speed EurAsia Land Bridge rail link running from China to…

BTK rail line opens intermodal Silk Road route through Turkey

BTK: A train pulling thirty 20-foot containers of wheat has arrived in the Turkish city of Mersin…

Fruit and veg rots on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border as EEU threatens to unravel

Hundreds of tons of vegetables and fruit that have been piling up at customs posts on…

Khalifa joins Maritime Silk Road as concerns grow over Beijing’s influence

The UAE’s Khalifa Port is  set to become the latest link in China’s  21st Century Maritime…

Belt and Road gets own shipping index

After a two-year trial the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE) yesterday officially launched a series of indices…

Jiangxi freight service strengthens Tashkent’s links with New Silk Road

Another piece in the New Silk Road jigsaw puzzle slotted into place last Friday when a…

Payday nears for Kabul with work on Afghan leg of TAPI due to start in 2018

The  prospect of Afghanistan earning a very welcome $500m a year in transit fees from the…

China draws Tehran into New Silk Road

New Silk Road: The China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) has been given the…

Nazarbayev and Xi “open new page” in relations with $8bn investment package

The Kazakh and Chinese Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and Xi Jinping yesterday  gave their blessing to representatives…

Saudi-led rift with Qatar casts shadow over China’s Silk Road ambitions

This week’s  decision by a  number of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia to cut all…

China looks to Saudi Arabia to protect Maritime Silk Road route

This March, the Saudi Monarch King Salman embarked on a six-week tour of Asia, the highlight of…

US revives Silk Road projects in bid to counter China’s ‘soft power’ ambitions

New Silk Road: The Trump administration  this week announced  it was reviving  two major infrastructure projects…

US giants hitch a ride on New Silk Road

New Silk Road: Although US President Donald Trump declined to join other world leaders including Russia’s…

China hits speed bump on Silk Road

As President Xi Jinping  prepares to welcome 28 heads of state to conference in Beijing this…