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Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

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Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

2024-05-17 17:14 Last Updated At:19:17

Closer cooperation between China and Russia paves way for the creation of a multipolar world, where "all countries are equal, respect each other, and prosper together", said political science expert Viktor Litovkin.

Litovkin, who heads the military news editorial office of the Russian news agency TASS, offered his insights on the state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in Beijing on Thursday for a two-day state visit.

The expert also weighed in on Russian public opinion towards China, highlighting the reciprocal advantages that cooperation between the two nations has delivered for their peoples.

He said that the visit underscores Russia's deep commitment to fostering cooperation, friendship, and scientific collaboration with China.

"I'd like to underline that Russian President Vladimir Putin's first visit abroad after his inauguration was to China. This shows that Russia attaches great importance to cooperation with China, friendship with China, and interaction with China's advanced technologies, as well as Chinese scientists," said Litovkin.

Litovkin highlighted the potential for China-Russia cooperation in yielding positive outcomes across a broad spectrum of global issues.

"China and Russia are two great powers. Their cooperation can lead to many interesting discoveries in industry, economy, and culture. Given that they are culturally rich countries, they can enrich the whole world. Cooperation between our countries is an indicator that we can create a multipolar world where all countries are equal, respect each other, and prosper together," said Litovkin.

He concluded by urging increased efforts to promote mutual understanding between China and Russia.

"I have contact with Chinese people, and I have friends who work in China. They awakened me to the uniqueness of China, to the culture of this country. I have been invited to China many times and have traveled to many Chinese cities. Now there are a lot of Chinese people in our country. Russian and Chinese people can deepen exchanges with each other. And this is like the flourishing lotus flower that China loves. The beauty of this flower represents the open soul of the two nations and the beauty of these two countries. And I wish that our people would learn more about China, and that the Chinese would learn more about Russia, and this would benefit both countries," said Litovkin.

Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

Growing China-Russia cooperation paves way for multipolar world: expert

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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