Rail links from Europe to China in development

A report from Dutch bank Rabobank has extolled the possibilities in boosting trade between Europe and China via overland rail link going through Central Asia. The rail networks connections would be collectively known as the Yu-Xin-Ou Railway, and the Radobank report notes that the demand for European fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat would drive trade to increase in those areas by some 17% between 2015 and 2025. It noted that China merely lacks the rail terminals necessary to import food from China.

An added obstacle is the obstinacy of Russia and Kazakhstan, links along the railway chain, to remove restrictions on European food importations. It is unknown if these restrictions apply to freight passing through the countries. Generally, the worsening relations between the countries of the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union) and the EU are thought to be part of a wider effort to cut off European exporters from an overland export route to Chinese markets, which would be more lucrative than relying on shipping. Russia announced its displeasure with the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would increase bilateral trade between the US and China by a wide margin, probably because of continued economic reliance on continued demand for imports from China.

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