September 27th 2018
Brussels and Beijing signed a major agreement alongside Institutions and Organizations for a train between Old Continent Ports and Shanghai.
Brussels and Beijing have inked a major bilateral agreement alongside Organizations and Institutions to initiate a passenger train service between Port Cities in the Old Continent and Shanghai
Officials from both countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Antwerp alongside FEMOZA, the World Free and Special Economic Federation, Brussels-based DIPLOMATIC WORLD, and EFTCC Antwerp-based European Federation of Traditional Chinese Culture.
The Diamond Silk Road would allow passengers to travel via rail from Antwerp to Shanghai and back, linking 10 global cities including Brussels, Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing, and creating the Digital Silk Road Parks, the world’s largest free trade and manufacturing space.
New Silk Route partners have gotten on board first CNext, NxtPort. but Japan is joining the Silk Road Railway, via other initiatives, with Japanese logistics company Nippon Express operating freight trains through China to Europe due to improved infrastructure.
Mr. Li Jianmin, Minister-Counsellor of the Chinese Mission to the European Union who attended the signing ceremony, said: “Silk Road is not only a road for the development of economies, trade and industry, but it is also a road for education and culture.”
Mr. Ludo Van Campenhout Antwerp vice Mayor who attended the signing ceremony, said: “The old Silk Road transported goods from East to West. Now we want to do the same with the exchange of goods, culture and persons through the development of a new railway. The aim is intercultural exchange from East to West.” “Each nation, big or small, benefits from competition. Free trade is the basis for creating wealth but also basis for well-being and peace,” he added.