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How The 'Middle Of Nowhere' Became A Hub Of China's 'New Silk Road'05:03
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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their meeting at the Great Hall of People, on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing, China, 14 May 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara - Pool/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their meeting at the Great Hall of People, on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing, China, 14 May 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara - Pool/Getty Images)

The town of Khorgos sits on Kazakhstan's border with China, about 90 miles from the Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility — the farthest point on Earth from an ocean.

It may be remote, but it's perfectly located for China's "Belt and Road" initiative. Khorgos is undergoing rapid development as a result of Chinese investment in a massive "dry port" there that will streamline freight transport across Asia.

As our series on China's "Belt and Road" continues, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Hicham Belmaachi, CEO of the Khorgos Eastern Gate Special Economic Zone (@KhorgosGateway).

This segment aired on February 13, 2018.

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