CHINA-EUROPE FREIGHT TRANSPORT EXPANDS UNDER BRI

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Added On April 15, 2019

The freight train service linking Chinese cities with Europe are breathing new life into the ancient Silk Road with its rapidly expanding network.
 
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Boosted by the Belt and Road construction, the international train service has been expanding fast over the past years.
In France, many businesses have benefitted from the improved transportation.
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH): XAVIER WANDERPEPEN, SNCF Logistics
 
"We have containers that go on the trains of the Belt and Road Initiative each week through northern Europe. The dairy industry could potentially use three trains each week, meaning 30,000 tons of dairy products exported from France to China. The goal is not to take over the entire flow of products. The goal is to respond to market needs."
 
A total of 48 Chinese cities have launched 65 freight train routes, reaching 14 countries and more than 40 cities in Europe in 2018.
 
Over 13,000 trips have been conducted by the China-Europe trains as of March.
 
In Lyon, railway operators, such as Germany's DBO, distribute a variety of products, including sportswear, electronics and art supplies.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): KRISTINA NETZER, DBO Assistant Marketing Officer
 
"Since a decade, China and Europe work together on, like you said, the One Belt, One Road (initiative). This is the best initiative project because we're getting a better relationship, and this is, for us, a perfect opportunity to grow in the industry."
 
The Belt and Road Initiative has been praised by businesses and citizens in Europe.
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH): XAVIER WANDERPEPEN, SNCF Logistics
 
"The whole purpose of the Belt and Road Initiative is about bring civilizations closer together. This should be the route of peace. That's what we're building."
 
SOUNDBITE (FRENCH): SABINE, Paris Resident
 
"China and Europe will have a closer relationship from the project. This could develop peace.  It's pretty good."