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China's green hydrogen fuel plants building paves way for more sustainable future: UN official

2024-05-24 13:02 Last Updated At:13:37

China's progress in developing green hydrogen fuel plants is paving the way for a more sustainable future, said Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Secretary-General, Assistant UNDP Administrator and director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Beijing on Wednesday, which is the 2024 International Day for Biodiversity.

Wignaraja arrived in China on May 19 for a five-day visit, during which she visited several cities in east China including Changshu and Suzhou. During her stay, she spoke with China Global Television Network (CGTN) about the relationship between humans and nature, and shared her insights on the development of China's green hydrogen fuel plants.

"The serenity of nature is part of that peacefulness. Just think when you feel anxious, just walk in a forest, sitting by the sea and listening to the waves, right? Watching the sunset or the sunrise, just think what individually it does to you. Now, just think what it can do for the world as a whole. So, why would we be destroying nature and all the species that actually have given us life. So, I think we have to sit back, and this is an amazing day that gives us a moment to reflect," she said.

While Wignaraja was in Changshu City, she observed operation of the local hydrogen fuel cell plant and the industrial chain. She emphasized the potential of the relevant technology to upgrade various industries, noting that China's efforts in promoting green development could be replicated globally.

"In Changshu, we saw the hydrogen fuel cell plant, the parts that make up for this and the whole chain. We saw refueling stations. We saw what the potential can be for other industries. We look back at history and it's a short history -- 20, 25 years -- but it helps you look forward and you say, my goodness, this truly can change the world, not only China. But, China for us is an amazing, very large demonstration project. If you can do it here and perfect the technology and the applications, this you can use anywhere," she said.

China's green hydrogen fuel plants building paves way for more sustainable future: UN official

China's green hydrogen fuel plants building paves way for more sustainable future: UN official

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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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