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Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the U.K. arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a 12,000-kilometer (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route. The new route is longer than Russia's famous Trans-Siberian railway, but about 1,000 kilometers shorter than the record-holding China-Madrid link, which opened in 2014 .The train, named the East Wind, has much less carrying capacity -- just 88 shipping containers, according to the Yiwu government, compared to the 10,000 to 20,000 containers cargo ships can carry.China already has a regular direct freight train service to Germany, Europe's largest economy.
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