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Pandemic turns 'Iron Silk Road' into China-Europe trade artery

China Railway Express sees a cargoboom, but future cloudy as tensions rise

A freight train bound for Duisburg, Germany, departs from Wuhan, China. More companies are looking to use the China Express Railway to ship goods from China to Europe.   © Reuters

TOKYO/CHONGQING, China -- What began as a 19th century mode of transportation to deliver 21st products -- delivering laptops built in China to European markets on trains -- has evolved into a vital cargo link between the two continents.

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