Cargo train makes first rail trip between China and Mongolia UN commission

“On 8 November, as the train is flagged on its way, the railways of China and Mongolia will take the first step towards the implementation of a grander vision to link Asia and Europe by land and one that may eventually change the face of transport in north-east Asia,” said Barry Cable, Chief of the Transport and Tourism Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).A pilot container block-train will make the 1,700-kilometre journey as part of ESCAP’s Trans-Asian Railway project under a six-country agreement reached at a meeting in Ulaanbaatar in early October.Under the agreement, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation made a commitment to boost rail movement across borders and recognize the role of railways in regional economic development.The ESCAP project will help to provide land-bridge services linking two of the world’s most economically active regions, northeast Asia and the European Union. Listen to UN Radio report read more