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Cross-border e-commerce maritime route catalyzes trade across Taiwan Straits

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Cross-border e-commerce maritime route catalyzes trade across Taiwan Straits
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Cross-border e-commerce maritime route catalyzes trade across Taiwan Straits

2024-04-21 22:44 Last Updated At:04-22 00:27

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The total export value of cross-border e-commerce handled via the maritime route between Xiamen City in east China's Fujian Province and China's Taiwan region stood at 485 million yuan (about 63 million U.S. dollars) upon its first anniversary, according to Xiamen Customs.

Xiamen Port opened its first direct cross-border e-commerce maritime transport route to Taiwan in April 2023 to meet the growing demand for exports to Taiwan. It features a shorter distance, faster speed and lower cost, compared with the "mini three inks", direct trade, postal and transport services which were launched in 2001 between Kinmen and Matsu, two islands attached to Taiwan, and Fujian, a coastal province in the mainland.

"The route runs twice a week and currently runs between Xiamen Port, Keelung Port and Taichung Port. Compared with the 'mini three links' route connecting the outlying islands, the direct 'big three links' route boasts the advantages of short voyage, short time, low cost and being free of a second transit. After placing orders online, Taiwan compatriots will receive high-quality goods from the mainland in as soon as five days," said Huang Juncheng, manager of the Shipping Department of Xiamen Port City International Shipping Agency Co., Ltd.

The cross-border e-commerce maritime route is the third one after the opening of the "Silk Road Shipping" e-commerce express line in June 2022 and the "mini three links", providing cross-border e-commerce enterprises with a more efficient, more stable and more convenient channel to Taiwan and building a new bridge for cross-Strait economic and trade cooperation.

"We have established a 'one-stop' service platform for filing, warehousing, logistics and customs clearance to ensure that cross-border e-commerce goods will be quickly delivered by the e-commerce express line after customs declaration in the customs supervision center, and it only takes 2.5 hours for the goods from entering the warehouse to being loaded onto the ship," said Wang Chang, director of the Supervision Department for Bonded Goods of Dongdu Customs under Xiamen Customs.

Cross-border e-commerce maritime route catalyzes trade across Taiwan Straits

Cross-border e-commerce maritime route catalyzes trade across Taiwan Straits

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PLA drills demonstrate resolve to defend territorial integrity: military experts

2024-05-24 22:51 Last Updated At:23:07

The joint military drills surrounding Taiwan Island conducted by Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is unprecedented in adopting a new mode to send a clear warning to the separatist forces pursuing "Taiwan independence", demonstrating the resolve to defend China's territorial integrity, according to Chinese military experts.

The Eastern Theater Command of the PLA on Friday continued joint drills surrounding the Taiwan Island.

Integrated operations inside and outside the island chain have been conducted to test the command's capabilities to jointly take control of battlefield and launch joint strikes, and to seize control of crucial areas, according to a spokesperson for the theater command.

The spokesperson said the drills serve as a strong punishment for the separatist acts of "Taiwan independence" forces and a stern warning against the interference and provocation by external forces.

Major General Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defense University of the PLA, said from the PLA's close-in move, the military drills are unprecedented, just a step away from the coastline of the island of Taiwan.

Meng said that the PLA's drills focused on practicing a new mode of blockading the Taiwan Island.

"Taiwan is an isolated island in the sea. Its economy is export-oriented. A blockade of the island can easily lead to its economic collapse, turning it into a dead island. The PLA's joint drills this time is forming strong firing points by connecting all those key targets to the north, south and east of the island, just as we see in the map. The only thing required to form a firing line is a 'rope' or 'chain', and this 'chain' can put the 'Taiwan independence' forces in a chokehold. In other words, the more attempts and provocations the separatist forces in Taiwan make, the tighter the 'rope' will be," said Meng.

Zhang Chi, a mainland military expert, also noted that the drills to the north of the island deter important political and military targets, and the drills to the south of the island targeting Taiwan's important base for the island's naval force are crucial for the blockade. Meanwhile, drills to the east of Taiwan are designed to practice cutting off the island's energy imports, the escape routes of the "Taiwan independence" forces and the support line from the external forces, he said.

The PLA Eastern Theater Command started joint military drills surrounding Taiwan from 07:45 Thursday.

Military services including the army, navy, air force and rocket force of the theater command have been organized to conduct the joint drills, code-named Joint Sword-2024A, according to the spokesperson for the theater command.

The drills focus on joint sea-air combat-readiness patrol, joint seizure of comprehensive battlefield control, and joint precision strikes on key targets.

Since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities came to power in 2016, the PLA has conducted multiple drills around the island to deter secessionists. Some experts from the island pointed out that the mainland's military deterrence will continue to proceed following every rampant provocation by the DPP authorities.

In August 2022, the DPP authorities colluded with then U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her visiting Taiwan. The PLA's following military drills in waters off the Taiwan Island were reported as crossing the so-called "median line of the Taiwan Strait". Meng's remarks that there is no such thing as a "median line in the Strait" became a hot topic of Taiwan's media.

In April 2023, in response to Tsai Ing-wen's "transit" trip to the United States, the PLA conducted military drills and sent aircraft carrier Shandong. The island's public attention was highly focused on the Shandong's appearance off Taiwan's east coast. Experts on the island held the view that the Shandong's sailing through the waters near Miyako Island and crossing the "First Island Chain" indicated that the so called "rear area" that the DPP had always boasted no longer exists.

The joint military drills this time are meant to deter Taiwan separatist forces pursuing "Taiwan independence", and counter the "two-states" fallacy made by Taiwan region new leader Lai Ching-te during his inauguration speech on Monday.

When the joint military drills conducted this time, a coast guard fleet of east China's Fujian Province on Thursday also conducted a law-enforcement drill in the waters near Wuqiu and Dongyin islands. According to the released map, the fleet formation was only 2.8 nautical miles away from Wuqiu Island and only 3.1 nautical miles away from Dongyin Island, sailing into the so-called "forbidden and restricted waters" set by the DPP authorities.

Liu Kuangyu, an associate research fellow at the Institute of Taiwan Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted that the PLA's drill mode adopted after Pelosi's Taiwan visit is still improving and gets strengthened, and the drills of this mode aimed at surrounding and blockading the island will become a new normal.

PLA drills demonstrate resolve to defend territorial integrity: military experts

PLA drills demonstrate resolve to defend territorial integrity: military experts

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