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LAND ROUTE TO CHINA FROM EUROPE

29 April 2017 - 05H00

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



© AFP/File | The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest route in the world


BEIJING (AFP) -

The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), 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 whiskey, baby milk, pharmaceuticals, and machinery -- departed London on April 10 and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Pola…