The first China to Britain freight train arrived in London on Wednesday (January 18), marking a milestone in Beijing's push to build commercial links across Europe and Asia. Lucy Fielder reports.
China's first freight train to London pulling in on Wednesday (January 18). Its arrival at Barking station, east London ending a 7,500 mile journey from Yiwu in China's east. The journey took 18 days, and it marks a milestone in China's push to build commercial links across Asia and Europe. Kazakhstan, Russia and a host of European countries were en route. On board: a cargo of household items, clothes and fabrics in 68 containers. London is now the 15th European city to have a direct rail link with China; part of its "One Belt, One Road" project, launched in 2013. Prime Minister Theresa May has called Britain's relationship with China "golden" as the country prepares to leave the European Union.