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An interesting article from CNN looks at the development in freight rail services between Asia and Europe, beginning with the Chongqing-Duisberg line. While this has been in operation for a couple of years, notably for Hewlett Packard products, there is also talk of another line connecting south-east Asia with Europe, the Trans-Asian railway, and one more connecting Singapore to Europe. However, as one railway expert notes, these are extremely expensive projects and require political and infrastructural agreements between numerous countries – so don’t expect to be shifting all your Asia-Europe goods by train just yet.

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