29 Apr '17, 7am

First direct London-China train completes 12,000km run

BEIJING: The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000km, making it the second-longest route in the world. The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route. The world's top trading nation launched the "One Belt, One Road" strategy in 2013, and has since poured millions into constructing vast infrastructure links. The train - loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals and machinery - departed London on Apr 10 and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20-day trip before arriving in Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province, a major wholesale centre for small consumer goods. The new route is longer than Russia's famous Trans-Siberian railway, but about 1,0...

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