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China Gets French Wine in Exchange for Chemicals on First Run by ‘New Silk Road’ Train

The first freight train from Wuhan, in China, to Lyon, in France, reached its destination Thursday, carrying a cargo of mechanical, electrical, and chemical products — goods that are generally transported between the two countries by ship.


After leaving the Wujiashan rail hub in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on April 6, the Chinese-operated train took 16 days to complete the 7,000-mile journey, passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany, before reaching France.

This unprecedented voyage is part of China's Silk Road Economic Belt initiative, which seeks to strengthen the country's place in the global market.

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