China is paving its 'belt and road' to British Columbia


A major warehouse facility under construction in Surrey is not just paving the way for more trade between B.C. and China. It could be helping pave Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative to Canada.

The massive $190 million, 470,000-square-foot complex, dubbed the "World Commodity Trade Center," is a joint venture between a Chinese state-sponsored company and a local development firm. The centre, first conceived in Beijing, has four warehouses and two large exhibition halls - to be lined with Chinese and Canadian flags - strategically located in the Campbell Heights industrial zone between Vancouver International Airport and the United States border.

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