People wave Chinese and Union flags as they pose for photographs during the departure of a freight train transporting containers laden with goods from the UK en route to Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. Photo: AFP
Tom Holland
Opinion

Opinion

Abacus by Tom Holland

Puffing across the ‘One Belt, One Road’ rail route to nowhere

Compared to sea or air, the Europe-China freight service just makes no economic or environmental sense, either coming or going

People wave Chinese and Union flags as they pose for photographs during the departure of a freight train transporting containers laden with goods from the UK en route to Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. Photo: AFP
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