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China-Iran pact paves way for alternative to Suez

The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the Iran-China strategic partnership deal and the Ever Given saga in the Suez Canal is bound to fuel a renewed drive to the Belt and Road Initiative and all interconnected corridors of Eurasia integration.  

This is the most important geoeconomic development in Southwest Asia in a long time – even more crucial than the geopolitical and military support to Damascus by Russia since 2015. 

Multiple overland railway corridors across Eurasia featuring cargo trains crammed with freight – the most iconic of which is arguably Chongqing-Duisburg – are a key plank of Belt and Road. In a few years, this will all be conducted on high-speed rail.