In November 2016, a trial container train from Yiwu City in Zhejiang province in China arrived in Latvia after completing an 11,000 km journey over 12 days through Northeastern China and Siberia. It was a major logistical achievement and signalled China’s commitment to extend its Belt and Road Initiative westward, possibly to Latvia, too. The timing of this China-EU shipment fits within China’s larger goals of increasing trade with Europe through the $4 trillion infrastructure investment program they launched in 2013, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or the One Belt, ...
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