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China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

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China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

2024-05-21 23:27 Last Updated At:23:37

Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs January Yusuf Makamba has shared the fruitful results of his trip to China, hailing the strength of bilateral ties over the past 60 years and expressing high hopes for the upcoming China-Africa cooperation forum.

Makamba on Monday wrapped up a five-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and in an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN) the previous day, the Tanzanian official highlighted three key takeaways from what he described as a "very good meeting" with Wang during his visit.

"One is bilateral relations between our two countries. We positively assessed the past 60 years of our relations. We also talked about the upcoming FOCAC meeting, and the preparations, and the focus and issues that will be undertaken. We also touched on global affairs and regional affairs as well," he said.

The minister also traveled to south China's tech hub of Shenzhen City, where he said he experienced the high-quality implementation of China's opening-up policy and learned advanced concepts and methods from top Chinese tech companies that could be applied back in his own country.

"Shenzhen holds massive significance even in China's opening-up policy. It's the place where the Chinese government experimented opening-up -- manufacturing, industrialization, modernization -- and we in Africa want to do the same. So it's important to go and see and learn. We met the municipal government and we went to Huawei. So it was a busy, busy, busy trip," he said.

Makamba also outlined his expectations for the upcoming 9th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), set to be held in Beijing later this year, and believes the gathering will help build effective cooperation among all African attendees and between China and African countries.

Among the many topics and consultations likely to be on the table at the forum, Makamba expects particular emphasis will be placed on the fields of governance, cooperation through Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), achieving agricultural modernization, and on ensuring peace and security.

"We consult amongst us to establish our priorities and our focus areas. Then we come and engage with the Chinese partners. But what we've seen so far, what we've heard so far in initial preparations as focus areas for this FOCAC [is] very good, to build a high-level China-Africa community through modernization. This is a theme that is important for us. Even the four key areas that are going to be pillars of this FOCAC: governance, BRI, agricultural modernization, and peace and security, are important for us, and we're keen and ready to engage on those issues," he said.

China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

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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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