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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)