Some weeks ago a train carrying 80 containers, about as much as a medium-sized container ship, arrived in the Netherlands from China, via Russia, Belarus and Poland.
It reportedly took 22 days. A container ship would have taken a month for a one-way trip. The Chinese hope to make the freight service one month for a round trip.
What this signifies is the increasing economic integration of China, Russia and central Asia, the region of the world that is least vulnerable to American air and sea power.
This development is a good thing for the Russian and Chinese people. It promises greater prosperity with a lesser energy footprint.
It may or may not be a good thing for Russia’s and China’s mainly Muslim subject peoples—the Tatars, Chechens and other minorities in Russia, the Uighurs in China and the subjects of the Russian-backed dictatorships in central Asia. Ethnic minorities will always be second-class citizens, or worse, within the framework of Chinese and Russian chauvinism.
Train Through Russia Will Connect Europe and Asia by the Fritzmorgen blog translated for the Southfront blog.