China’s Belt & Road moves forward with launch of cargo train route from Liege, Belgium

The first cargo train, loaded with 37 containers, left the Belgian city of Liege this week to travel to the capital city of China’s Henan province. The freight route is part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road project. The train is loaded with goods including auto parts, baby food, pharmaceuticals and steel products for import stores in central China. It will travel 12 days across the continent via Russia before arriving in Zhengzhou. The trip is to cover more than 11,000km. The train service is scheduled to run once a week initially, with the frequency to rise in the future. “We have every interest in turning to China and having close, strong relationships, and we must see this as an opportunity and a necessity,” said Pierre-Yves Jeholet, vice president of Wallonia.

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