RELEASE: Whistle along the Rhine: a look back at 10 years of development of CR Express

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RELEASE: Whistle along the Rhine: a look back at 10 years of development of CR Express

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CHONGQING, China, March 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- An iChongqing news report: In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and then German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economy and Energy Sigmar Gabriel witnessed the arrival of the train YUXINOU (Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe) to Duisburg, Germany. It was later called the China-Europe Railway Express along with other routes connecting Chinese cities with Europe.

"He was obviously very happy to see that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) finally arrived in Duisburg," recalled Markus Bangen, CEO of Duisport, who was present during Xi's visit. "For me, in person, this is a very impressive and very emotional moment."

In 2013, President Xi proposed the BRI, revitalizing the Silk Road symbol to foster broad economic collaboration between partner countries. Over the past decade, this railway linking Asia and Europe has shown consistent operations and continuous progress.

Zhou Shulin, chairman of the board of directors of YUXINOU (Chongqing) Supply Chain Management, highlighted that traditional sea freight could take weeks to reach Europe. Since its establishment in 2011, the YUXINOU rail link, which covers 11,179 kilometers, has reduced transit time to just 16 days.

"This also played an important role in attracting the notebook industry group to settle in Chongqing at that time," Zhou said.

Wu Song, deputy general manager of Changan Automobile Logistics Center, revealed that the China-Europe Express Railway has become the main transportation route for Changan to reach markets in the CIS region. In 2023, approximately 60,000 vehicles will be exported through this railway.

On the contrary, an increasing number of European cars, wines and agricultural products are shipped to Asia via this rail route, transforming it into a two-way corridor. Local employment also improves with the arrival of the rail express.

Located on the banks of the Rhine River, the port of Duisburg is the largest inland port in the world. The arrival of the China-Europe Railway Express consolidates its status as Europe's gateway to Asia.

Thomas Krajnicki, a 52-year-old German employee with four years of experience at YUXINOU Germany GmbH in Duisburg, welcomed the arrival of the China-Europe Railway Express.

"It's not common to get such a secure job at 52. I hope I can stay here," he said.

Markus Teuber, Commissioner for Chinese Affairs at the Duisburg Mayor's Office, stated in an interview in 2023 that in 2014 there were only about 40 Chinese companies in Duisburg, but by 2023 this number had exceeded 120.

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