China has set up one more cargo train service linking western Xinjiang region with Moscow. Xinhua news agency stated that this additional service is going to have an influence on the economic development of the region. This region is considered as essential part to the Silk Road economic belt.
This latest cargo train service is an addition to train services to Kazakhstan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey and also Chelyabinsk in Russia, which were started in March 2014.
Local officials said that by the second half of the year, the trains that will transport $8.1 billion of cargo a year will commute between Xinjiang and the destinations in Russia, central and western Asia weekly.
In September 2013, during a visit to Kazakhstan, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced The Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. The initiative includes countries that are positioned on the original Silk Road running through Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. The idea behind this initiative is to integrate the region into a unified economic area by building infrastructure, increasing cultural exchanges, and broadening trade.
A month after the initiative was introduced, Xi Jinping offered the second branch of the project, Maritime Silk Road which would go through Southeast and South Asia.
Another agreement was made in February 2014 between Chinese President and Russian president concerning the construction of the “Belt and Road” and its connection with Russia’s Euro-Asia Railways.