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New Afghan rail route boosts China trade ambitions

The trains from the Chinese city of Haimen to Hairatan are a step towards advancing China's Silk Road project and turning landlocked Afghanistan country into a transit hub of Asia

Washington

FOR centuries, Chinese products have wended their way thousands of kilometers across mountains and deserts to the heart of central Asia, Afghanistan. Now, for the first time, the trade is carried by rail.

With the first train last week pulling in to Hairatan, northern