Tuesday, April 11, 2017

From UK To China - By Rail

Britain is launching a new trade route to China:

The first freight train from Great Britain to China went on the 12,000-kilometer-long road on Monday. The train, laden with vitamins, baby products, alcohol-free drinks and other goods, is scheduled to arrive in eastern China in about three weeks. The journey would thus be only half as long as with the ship and much cheaper than the airfreight. The route will take you across the canal tunnel to France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to its destination. DB Cargo is responsible for the route from London through the Eurotunnel to Duisburg.

"The new rail link to China is another boost for global Britain," said Trade Minister Greg Hands. "It follows the historic Silk Road to deliver British products to the world." The British want to strengthen their trade links before the two years expected separation from the European Union. "This is the first export train and only the beginning of a direct operation between the United Kingdom and China," said top manager Xubin Feng from Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment.

You can read the rest @
https://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2017/04/10/erster-gueterzug-von-grossbritannien-nach-china-gestartet/ [translation required]

This is fantastic - almost like the old Orient Express.

BUT ... if the UK demands further sanctions on Russia because of the Syrian situation, there is no way this new trade route is going to flourish.

Doesn't it seem like the US is manufacturing all this friction for the exact purpose of keeping the UK and EU from joining the Russia/China trade system? It sure looks that way to me.

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