The UK is too distracted by European relations to take full advantage of overland trade opportunities. This was said by Henry Tillman, a London based Belt and Road specialist. “The British are currently failing to fully exploit the opportunities.”
As chairman of China Investment Research, the Chinese macro research arm of Grisons Peak merchant banking, most of Henry Tillman’s waking hours revolve around questions critical to international trade. The development of modern, rail connections, principally the three new Silk Road routes, is shaking up the air and sea duopoly.
“Rail is already showing potential to be the best blend of economy, speed and environmentally attractive options. Some Eurasian crossings are now down to twelve days”, he says. “There is even competition between rail routes, serving different markets, but the British are currently failing to fully exploit the opportunities.”