“New Eurasian Land Bridge”

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

THE New Eurasian Land Bridge (NELB) is an in­ter­na­tional pas­sage­way link­ing the Pa­cific and the At­lantic. As dis­tinct from the Siberian Land­bridge, which goes from Rus­sia’s east­ern port of Vladi­vos­tok through Siberia to Moscow and on­ward to West Euro­pean coun­tries, this “sec­ond” bridge goes from China’s coastal cities of Lianyun­gang and Rizhao to Hol­land’s Rot­ter­dam and Bel­gium’s An­twerp. The 10,800-km-long rail link runs through Kaza­khstan, Rus­sia, Be­larus, Poland and Ger­many, and serves more than 30 coun­tries and re­gions.

Opened in the early 1990s, the NELB is gain­ing new im­pe­tus from the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. It greatly fa­cil­i­tates trade and other ex­changes be­tween the coun­tries along the route and be­tween Asia and Europe.

To date, sev­eral transcon­ti­nen­tal rail routes, which show­case the po­ten­tial of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, have en­tered ser­vice. These in­clude the Chongqingx­in­jiang-europe Rail­way (reach­ing Ger­many’s Duis­burg via Poland), the Chengdu-xin­jiang-europe Rail­way (reach­ing Poland), and the Yiwu-xin­jiang-europe Rail­way (reach­ing Madrid). The con­struc­tion of as­so­ci­ated high­ways, power trans­mis­sion lines, and ports is pro­gress­ing in a steady man­ner.

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