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Silk Road 2.0: First train from China arrives in Tehran   [Copy link] 中文

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On Monday, the first Silk Road revivaltrain linking China and Iran arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran,officially marking the start of a new chapter of trade between the two nations.



The train, carrying 32 containers ofcommercial goods, arrived after a 14-day route from Zhejiang province. Itcrossed 9,500km through Kazakstan and Turkmenistan, reports China Daily.



That's 30 days shorter than the usual tripby sea from Shanghai to Iran's Bandar Abbas port.



The train was met with a ceremony at theTehran rail station, attended by ambassadors from China and Turkmenistan."The arrival of this train in less than 14 days is unprecedented,"said the head of Iranian railway company Mohsen Pourseyed Aqayi. "Therevival of the Silk Road is crucial for the countries on its route."



Currently trains are planned to make theroute to Iran at least once a month. There are also plans to extend the line toEurope, among other ambitious proposals.



Last month, Xi Jinping blessed Iran withhis presence, in what was the first visit by a Chinese president in 14 years.He and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani agreed that economic ties should getreal between their countries within the next decade -- real in the sense ofsome $600 billion.



Already, more than a third of Iran'sforeign trade is with China, who is hungriest for its oil exports.


For now, the Tehran ceremony marks asignificant step forward in Xi's "One Belt, One Road" initiativeaimed at developing trade across Asia. ( News from xinhua, pics from CCTV report)

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Why does our Forum always have two or more identical threads posted by different members?

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A propos of Iran's trade with China: the Iranians are eager to diversify their international trade structure as their dependence on one big partner has possibly been a little inconvenient for them. They were cut off from international trade due to an embargo that has now been lifted. Italy and France signed new trade agreements with Iran. One item the Iranians immediately ordered: Airbus planes.  

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Good on them

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This post was edited by Ted180 at 2016-2-18 17:56

This is the (small) beginning of an economic boom in Eurasia that will change human history. Prosperity and stability will be the result.
Without World Government we are DOOMED.

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Yeah, to bring some benefit to the ordinary people is the best thing the government can do.

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A word of advice to China.
If your trains ever go all the way to Germany, have a scout plane fly a mile or two in front of all your trains to check for
German trains coming the other way on the same track.

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