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World’s Longest Rail Route Part of China’s ‘Silk Road’ Revival

The longest rail link in the world is operational, after a train carrying goods from China arrived in the Spanish capital, Madrid, last month. The railway has been dubbed the ‘21st-century Silk Road’ and is the latest landmark investment by China aimed at improving the infrastructure along the old trading routes between east Asia and Europe. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the European Union is China’s biggest trading partner, and Beijing’s money is being welcomed in Europe.