Yiwu-Madrid express links China, EU during pandemic

3 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

MADRID: Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, trains between China and Europe have been operating a "green channel" for the transportation of medical and raw materials.

This is what China's Ambassador to Spain Wu Haitao said in a recent interview with Xinhua, with protective masks and suits, as well as other medical materials, arriving in Madrid this week on Chinese-operated trains, reports Xinhua.

The ambassador highlighted that the China-Europe trains, serving the transportation needs of the Belt and Road Initiative, have maintained stable operations and become an important link connecting China, Europe and other countries during the pandemic.

They have also played an active and important role in stabilizing international supply and production chains and maintaining economic and commercial exchanges between countries.

The medical materials acquired by the Spanish government, more than 250 tons, arrived in Madrid over the last three days. The commercial railway route of the Yiwu-Madrid freight train travels 13,052 km along eight countries including Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, making it the longest railway line in the world.

According to Carlos Santana, managing director of the subsidiary of the Yiwu-Madrid train operator in Spain, medical materials have constantly been arriving in Madrid in recent months from Yiwu, the largest commodity distribution hub in the world, located in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

He stressed that the transport of goods by rail has emerged as a reliable and trustworthy alternative in the months of confinement under the pandemic, allowing the easy import of medical materials and other goods from China.