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Belt and Road

China's Belt and Road hits a speed bump in Kazakhstan

'Dry port' pins its hopes on foreign investors to spur faster growth

A worker at Khorgos Gateway, which operates a container terminal on the border between Kazakhstan and China, directs a crane as it unloads steel coils from a container. (photo by Wataru Suzuki)

KHORGOS, Kazakhstan -- One of the most ambitious projects in China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to transform a vast plot of open land along China's border with Kazakhstan into the launch point for a river of Chinese goods flowing to Europe by rail.

A depot hums with giant cranes, hoisting containers. Newly built rail lines stretch into the distance and hundreds of workers go about their jobs. The vision is taking shape. But just four years in, the project already faces slowing growth.

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