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Qinghai turning rich resources into growth drivers: governor

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Qinghai turning rich resources into growth drivers: governor

2024-05-24 21:05 Last Updated At:22:17

Northwest China's Qinghai Province is gaining steam in turning its abundant natural resources into growth drivers while speeding up ecological preservation and building a green and low-carbon modern industrial system, according to the provincial governor.

Qinghai is rich in resources with its potassium salt, magnesium salt and lithium salt accounting for more than 80 percent of the national reserves.

Its hydropower resource ranks fifth nationwide, annual total solar radiation at the second place of China, and a wind farm being the fourth biggest of the country.

Relying on the unique high-altitude resources, Qinghai has been forging itself into a first-rate salt lake industrial base, a national clean energy industry highland, an international ecotourism destination, and an export destination of organic agricultural and livestock products.

"In terms of building a world-class industrial base of salt lake, we've conquered multiple world-level technical cruxes, codified 10 national and industrial standards, shaping industrial clusters in potassium, sodium, magnesium and chlorine. In 2023, the production value of salt lake sector reached over 58 billion yuan (about 8.01 billion U.S. dollars), with potash fertilizer taking up 77 percent of the total nationwide. With these achievements, Qinghai has made its due contribution to China's food security, and development of new energy and new materials," said Wu Xiaojun, governor of Qinghai Province, at a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

Qinghai's installed clean energy capacity has topped 51 million kilowatts, taking up 93 percent of the national total. While its installed capacity of new energy has exceeded 38 million kilowatts, which is 69 percent of the total.

Meanwhile, it already has a relatively complete industrial chain for photovoltaic manufacturing.

In 2023, the province's export volume of solar cells doubled and that of its lithium batteries more than tripled.

Qinghai turning rich resources into growth drivers: governor

Qinghai turning rich resources into growth drivers: governor

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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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