URUMQI, March 19 (Xinhua) -- This year, 300 westbound transnational freight trains will run from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 80 more than last year.
Last year, 220 transnational freight trains left from Xinjiang, nearly triple the number in 2015. The service has boosted Xinjiang's export of chemical products, construction materials, machinery, automobile parts, garments and food.
Xinjiang, which borders Central Asia, is strategically positioned on the Silk Road Economic Belt, part of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China in 2013.
The region's westbound trains reach Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Poland and Georgia.