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Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Direct train service from China to London sets off for Barking

Direct train service from China to London sets off for Barking

This rail or trade route is actually not a new connect at all, but rather a resurrected part of the old Silk Road, which commenced in 200 BC, through which Chinese silk caravans carried wears to Europe and Africa.

The first rail freight service, which arrives in Barking, east London, covers 12,000 miles, set off this morning. China Daily reports that the service will be operated by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co that has already been running trains to Madrid in Spain.

Oscar Lin, manager of the new line's United Kingdom agent Onetwothree Logistics, said: 'This cargo train service highlights the important trade partnership between the United Kingdom and China post-Brexit'.

The original Silk Road was an ancient trade network that connected the East to the West; China to the Mediterranean Sea.

In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced plans for a New Silk Road from connecting China with Europe.

China has initially set aside about US$40 billion in a fund to finance roads and railways overseas under the plan, while the nation's trade with countries along the routes could reach US$2.5 trillion in about a decade, Yao Gang, the then vice chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission, said in 2015.

Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei Province, is the primary departure point for cargo trains heading towards Europe.

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