Friday, 26 August 2016

China launches first cargo train to Afghanistan

The first train carrying freight containers from China to Afghanistan left the eastern Chinese city of Nantong on Thursday, August 25. The train, carrying 84 containers, will leave China through the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang. 
It will then pass through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan before arriving Hairatan after, a border town and a port in the north of Afghanistan. The cargo train will arrive to Hairatan of northern Balk province in 15 days after passing through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Two trains are scheduled each month. The new railway route is part of efforts to improve logistics linking nations under the “Belt and Road”  initiative. China is not only the largest investment source in Afghanistan but it also the third biggest economic partner as well. Earlier, both countries had emphasized to enhance cooperation and work together in fight against terrorism and increase bilateral economic relation particularity in construction of transport infrastructures.