AZERBAIJAN BECOMING LINK BETWEEN CHINA AND EURASIA – Azerbaijan released a report on the performance of it’s rail-line, the Baku-Tblisi-Kars (BTK) line which began operation in 2017. The rail-line is proving to be a major trade hub between China, Central Asia, and Europe. The company, Azerbaijan Railways Company (ADY), is reporting a 30 percent increase in tons transported in 2022 compared to 2021. They’re also reporting that the China-Europe route is twice as fast as sea transport (15 days to 25-45) and cost 50 percent less than air transport. Japan was a recent new customer for the BTK line.