YIWU, China, April 29 The first freight train to
run from Britain to China arrived in the city of Yiwu in eastern
China on Saturday, completing its 12,000-km (7,456-mile)
The train was greeted by traders and shipping company
officials when it arrived at Yiwu West station after departing
London on April 10 carrying items such as vitamins, baby
products and pharmaceuticals.
The first freight train from China arrived in Britain in
Operated by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment, the
Yiwu-London freight service makes London the 15th European city
to have a direct rail link with China after the 2013 unveiling
of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative by Chinese President Xi
"This freight train is a reflection of the achievements of
trade," Yiwu Timex Chairman Timmy Feng told Reuters Television.
After leaving London the bright red train passed through
seven countries -- France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus,
Russia and Kazakhstan -- before arriving in Yiwu.
For Britain, the train is part of an effort to strengthen
trade links with the rest of the world as it prepares to leave
the European Union in two years' time.
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Darren Schuettler)