The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua
The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua
Phar Kim Beng
Opinion

Opinion

Phar Kim Beng

Forget decoupling. China’s economy is wedded to globalisation

  • China has signalled its interest in large free trade agreements, even those led by the US or Japan. The RCEP is but a small gambit in China’s larger quest to connect its economy with the rest of the world

The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua
The first freight train from Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province arrives in Liege, Belgium on October 25 loaded with cargo. The China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) Alibaba eWTP Cainiao train is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Photo: Xinhua
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Phar Kim Beng

Phar Kim Beng

Phar Kim Beng is CEO and founder of Strategic Pan Indo-Pacific Arena (strategicpipa.info)