The first Chinese cargo train, to be used following Iran-China joint efforts to revive the Silk Road, arrives in Tehran, Iran, 15 February 2016. Reports said the 32-containers train, each with a capacity of 40 square feet, arrived in Tehran after a 14-day journey from northwestern China. Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ in 2013 to improve the infrastructure linking China to Europe through Central Asia. EPA/STRINGER
Simon Chadwick
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Simon Chadwick

How One Belt, One Road is guiding China’s football strategy

China is aligning its football investments with a strategy to secure west Asian minerals – and One Belt, One Road could have major implications for the sport’s new world order

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The first Chinese cargo train, to be used following Iran-China joint efforts to revive the Silk Road, arrives in Tehran, Iran, 15 February 2016. Reports said the 32-containers train, each with a capacity of 40 square feet, arrived in Tehran after a 14-day journey from northwestern China. Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ in 2013 to improve the infrastructure linking China to Europe through Central Asia. EPA/STRINGER
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