04 January 2017 Current Affairs: China launched its first freight train to London (Britain) with an aim to improve China-Britain trade ties, strengthen connectivity with Western Europe.
The train departed from Yiwu West Railway Station in eastern Zhejiang Province of China. It will travel for about 18 days and more than 12,000 kilometers before reaching its destination in Britain.
On its way, the train will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London.
It is mainly carrying goods, including household items, garments, cloth, bags and suitcases produced in Yiwu. London is the 15th city in Europe added to China-Europe freight train services.
The success of this train will further give impetus to China’s One Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.