Thursday, 27 April 2017

First UK-China train to depart today, passing through 7 nations


LONDON: The first rail freight service from the United Kingdom (UK) to China will reportedly depart on a 7500-mile long journey by passing through seven nations. The train with 30 containers carrying British goods will depart from Essex today for China. The goods include whiskey, soft drinks, vitamins and other pharmaceuticals, foreign news agency reported. The train will travel over 7,500 miles to reach Yiwu, a famed wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang China, 17 days later. The train will pass through seven countries- France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan – before its expected arrival on April 27. The service is reportedly part of China’s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving the ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West dating back more than 2,000 years. On the Brexit and its aftermath impacts, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the relationship with China remains golden as she seeks to bring in billions of dollars in Chinese investment as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

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