China is increasingly looking to Kazakhstan as a key hub for its “Belt and Road" routes. A four-hour drive from Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty, in the vast wasteland to the east, leads to a new logistics station in the China-border city of Khorgos. The dry port, developed by Kazakhstan’s national railway company, has processed about 110,000 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units, of containers since its 2015 launch.

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