Road vs Rail: India Counters China’s OBOR With Freight Train to Turkey via Iran

India has had plans to counter China’s economic influence in Bangladesh but had failed to garner interest due to sustained delay in completion of projects.
New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has decided to run a trans-continental freight train from Bangladesh to Turkey as an answer to China’s efforts to cart its goods to Europe by train and the One Border One Road initiative.

As part of the plan, a demonstration run to cover the 6,000-km journey with a full load of goods will be conducted by June this year. The Indian government has invited railway officials of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey for a meeting on March 15 to fine-tune the ambitious project. Indian government sources told Sputnik that most of the countries have expressed their consent for the demonstration run.

China had initiated a rail-freight service to Britain this January which covered more than 12,000 km (7,500 miles) in about 18 days, passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.

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