/ Go to the mediabankChinese President Xi Jinping walks past Russian honour guards during a welcoming ceremony upon arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaBEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing will facilitate freight railway transportation between China and Europe to boost the quality, safety and efficiency of its operation, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday. «[Beijing will] facilitate the development of cargo railway transportation between China and Europe aimed at higher quality, more efficiency and more safety,» Xi said in a congratulatory message to the participants of the Europe-China Forum, as quoted by state-run broadcaster. Xi also said that freight railway transportation between China and Europe had effectively ensured the stability of the international production and supply chain and provided a new impetus to the development of the global economy. In July, the first cargo train from China arrived in Russia via a railway bridge over the Amur River. The bridge was launched in November 2022. The opening of the bridge has created a new transport corridor between Russia and China, reducing the distance of cargo transportation to China’s northern provinces by 700 kilometers (435 miles).