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New Silk Road taking shape with freight train from Yellow Sea to Kazakhstan

These containers await further travel orders at the port of Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, a terminus of a new freight line whose trains will chug 5,600km to a mercantile city in Kazakhstan.

LIANYUNGANG, China -- China on Wednesday will begin twice-weekly freight service along a 5,600km railway between Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, and resource-rich Kazakhstan. The new transport corridor is part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Silk Road Economic Belt scheme.

     The service is partly intended to interject Chinese influence in a country that Russia has long seen as being in its sphere of influence.

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