China Inaugurates New Rail Link With Islamabad

China has initiated a new rail and road cargo, that will link the capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province, Lanzhou with Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. 

The first train, that carried 30 carriages of mechanical equipment, daily necessities and auto parts left the logistics centre last day in Lanzhou, bound for Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

According to reports by Chinese state-run media, the goods will be transported to Islamabad by a highway. According to deputy director with the management committee of the International Land Port of Gansu (Lanzhou), Luo Zhe, the 4500 km long trip will take 13 days – making the route convenient and around 15 days shorter than the traditional sea route.

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This is the second freight train service that has been launched by Gansu to South Asia. Back in the year 2016, a rail and cargo service was opened that connected  Lanzhou to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Showing great hopes associated with the new route, Luo said that he expects Pakistan and China relationships to further strengthen and add value to the Belt and Road Initiative. He also said that taking them as a model, he is hopeful that more countries will join us and set new examples for bringing prosperity to the region.

“I hope the new rail and road cargo service can set a good example for cooperation between China and Pakistan and encourage more countries and regions to join the Belt and Road Initiative” – Luo said.

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