The first Chinese cargo train, following Iran-China efforts to revive the Silk Road, arrives in Tehran on February 15. The 32-container train arrived after a 14-day journey from northwestern China. Photo: EPA

China’s new silk road is designed to cut Russia out of Eurasian trade

Raffaello Pantucci says the ‘One Belt, One Road’ trade initiative is likely to sideline Moscow and give Beijing the upper hand in their awkward relationship

Topic |   China-Russia relations

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The first Chinese cargo train, following Iran-China efforts to revive the Silk Road, arrives in Tehran on February 15. The 32-container train arrived after a 14-day journey from northwestern China. Photo: EPA
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Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. His work focuses on terrorism, counter-terrorism and China's Eurasian relations. He is founder of China in Central Asia (www.chinaincentralasia.com) and most of his work can be found at www.raffaellopantucci.com. He spends a good portion of his time traversing the Eurasian continent seeking understanding about the new continental dynamics.