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New Silk Road increases cargo turnover

Updated  2020.12.07 12:41 GMT+8 Seymur Mammadov Leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Uzbekistan attend the opening of the first official train service of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project at the Alat Port in Baku, Azerbaijan, October 30, 2017. /Getty Editor's Note:  Seymur Mammadov is the director of the international expert club EurAsiaAz and editor-in-chief of Azerbaijan news agency Vzglyad.az. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. On December 4, an important event took place in the economic life of the Eurasian region. A freight train departed from Istanbul to China along the Trans-Caspian transport route. The importance of the event lies in the fact that this is the first time that a Turkish train set out on this route. Until now, the communication was carried out only in the opposite direction – from China to Turkey. A train of 42 containers will proceed non-stop along the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail

Whatever Happened to Gwadar University?

Can a hashtag help bring back a promised opportunity for Gwadar, the famous port city of CPEC? By  Mariyam Suleman November 18, 2020 Credit:  Twitter/ @BilqeesBaluch ADVERTISEMENT In Balochistan the use of social media is increasingly helping people make their issues visible and bring attention to marginalization and inequalities. In that vein, on November 12 #GwadarNeedsUniversity was one of the top trending hashtags on social media in Pakistan. The previously little known harbor town of Gwadar in Balochistan province emerged as port city in 2002 after work on a port project commenced. Since then, this little peninsula has gained enormous international attention, partly because of its importance since 2015 as the hub of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative’s benchmark project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the goal of making Gwadar a full-fledged port city, the provincial and federal governments in Pakistan as well as Chinese government authorities continue to anno