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Freight train connects Russia with China's revolutionary heartland

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-04-24 11:45

NANCHANG — A freight train connecting Russia with Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, arrived in the inland city Sunday, bringing Russian goods to the former revolutionary heartland of the Communist Party of China.

The journey started from Kansk, where buses first transported 38 containers more than 260 kilometers to Bazaiha, followed by a train journey of more than 7,000 km, before reaching Ganzhou in eastern China.

Ganzhou is an inland area with a complex landscape. It was important in early revolutionary activities due to its remote mountain ranges, but its wartime geographical advantages have now become a stumbling block in development.

The government tried to push regional development in the past few decades, but Ganzhou won no major projects or key investment due to its geography, resulting in slow, sometimes nonexistent, industrial growth.

Many people in Ganzhou are still living in poverty.

The train is expected to bring resources from Europe and boost local development.

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