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A standard gauge rail locomotive carrying Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pulls into the railway station in the city of Voi on Wednesday, during an inaugural ride on the railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kenyans Cheer Opening Of Mombasa-Nairobi Railway

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14. Xi offered tens of billions of dollars for projects that are part of his signature foreign policy initiative linking China to much of Asia, Europe and Africa. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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For China's 'New Silk Road,' Ambitious Goals And More Than A Few Challenges

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The train, which began its journey in Yiwu, China, pulls into a rail freight terminal on Wednesday in London, after traveling for 16 days — across about 7,456 miles and nine countries. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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China Promises $46 Billion To Pave The Way For A Brand New Silk Road

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In this courtroom drawing, defendant Ross Ulbricht listens to proceedings from the defense table during opening arguments in his criminal trial in New York on Jan. 13. A jury convicted Ulbricht, the man linked to the underground marketplace Silk Road, of seven drug and conspiracy counts on Wednesday. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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