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Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

2024-05-24 21:39 Last Updated At:23:27

The Lebanese government held a memorial ceremony in Beirut on Thursday to mourn the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials who died in the May 19 helicopter crash.

Attendees at the memorial service called Raisi's death a huge loss to Iran and the world, vowing that relations between the Hezbollah group and Iran will remain solid despite the tragic incident.

"It is a huge loss. The relationship between Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran is stable and solid, as solid as the mountains, unaffected by any variable," Ibrahim Al Moussawi, an Hezbollah official and member of the Lebanese parliament, said in an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN). 

"We lost the President of the Islamic Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and [other] leaders, but we will continue [with our bilateral ties]. This is the basic lesson in the history of this nation and this resistance -- that people have a great influence. And their departure increases determination, faith, and strength," said Hussein Hajj Hassan, Lebanon's minister of industry.

"[The death of] Dr. Ibrahim Raisi is the loss of the world -- not just the Islamic Republic of Iran -- the vulnerable world and even the whole world at all levels and many ideals. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support the oppressed people at the level of all countries of the world," said Ali Hamieh, the Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport.

Raisi, along with Amir-Abdollahian and several other officials, was killed when his helicopter went down in a fog-shrouded mountainside in Iran's northwest near the Azerbaijan border on Sunday, according to the country's state media. 

The General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces has launched an investigation into the crash. 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced on Monday five days of public mourning.

Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

Lebanese gov't holds memorial ceremony for Iran's late President

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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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