Khorgos — a key rail node on China’s Belt and Road Initiative
In one of my initial posts about the tracing the Belt and Road Initiatives, I had focused on the China-Kazakh border. I had identified a town — Druzhba, on the China-Kazakh border, that I thought was one of the key areas. It still is one, but I had also left out an important node in this while venture — the Khorgos Dryport facility on the China-Kazakhstan border. And so, here it is.
The patches of green are farmland. I repeat this for 2003.
Here, we begin to observe the development of some facilities on the Chinese side of the border.
This is the zoomed in detail of the Chinese side of the China-Kazakhstan border (the yellow line is the boundary).
2016 images show the the presence of the rail freight facility.
The Google Earth icon here is misleading — the actual facility appears to be the left-of-centre facility. I zoom in:
This seems to be the actual Khorgos Dryport facility. The Google Map marker hints at a larger facility, but until the satellite images are more updated, all I can see is a desert for now.
You can see glimpses of this facility here:
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So here it is: a new place to check for China’s progress on the Belt and Road Initiative. Khorgos, on the China-Kazakhstan border.
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