Germany’s 'China City' sees benefits from Europe-China freight line

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DUISBURG, Germany — China's Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe rail line opened for operation in 2011. Since then, the city of Duisburg, Germany's largest inland port and the line's European terminus, has reinvented itself on account of the Chinese influence.

By numbers alone, the Europe to China rail line is already registering its success in expediting shipments between the two regions. Freight trains complete the distance in 13 days, compared to 30 by sea. Daily trains have increased from three to more than 25 per day.

"These numbers show the Belt and Road Initiative has brought many economic development opportunities to Duisburg," Duisburg mayor Soeren Link told Xinhua Net.

Since 2014, more than 100 Chinese companies have relocated to the Duisburg area to reap the benefits of the newly opened route. 2016 alone saw more than 50,000 cargo containers moved in and out of the area by train. That increase in cargo has attracted enough businesses that Duisburg has become known as "China City" locally.

There is still some room to improve the service: The sudden uptick has created a shortage of long-distance truck drivers, and trains tend to bottleneck in Poland and around the EU borders. However, the railroad is a significant step in realizing 2013's Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st century Maritime Silk Road, initiatives designed to facilitate additional trade between China and Europe.

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