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China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date: envoy

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China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date: envoy

2024-05-21 13:35 Last Updated At:16:57

China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang on Monday called for the political settlement to the Ukraine crisis at an early date at a Security Council meeting on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The Ukraine crisis persists, marked by a continuous influx of weaponry and ammunition onto the battlefield, accompanied by an expansion in their variety and scope. This escalation has led to rising lethality and casualty rates, with greater risks of loss and proliferation, which has caused concern among people, Geng said.

While weapons may bring about the end of wars, they alone cannot secure lasting peace. Though the origins of conflicts may differ, they ultimately must find solutions through diplomatic negotiations, he said.

China calls on all relevant parties to prioritize peace and humanitarian crisis, direct their resources and endeavors towards diplomatic efforts aimed at stopping the fighting, and jointly promote a political solution to the Ukrainian crisis at an early date, according to the Chinese envoy.

"Here, I reiterate our call on the parties to the conflict to demonstrate political will, meet each other halfway, start peace talks at an early date and stop the fighting. We call on the international community to create conditions and provide assistance for it. China is ready to continuously make unremitting efforts and play a constructive role in promoting a political solution to the Ukrainian issue at an early date," said Geng at the meeting.

China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date:  envoy

China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date: envoy

China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date:  envoy

China calls for political settlement to Ukraine crisis at early date: envoy

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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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