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Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

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Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

2024-05-30 04:03 Last Updated At:04:37

A cross-Strait exchange event, which opened in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday, has called for concerted efforts across the Taiwan Strait to advance China's reunification.

More than 200 people, including heads of political parties and youth representatives from Taiwan as well as cross-Strait experts, attended the annual event, which is in its fourth edition this year.

In his address, Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, emphasized the economic opportunities behind a sound cross-Strait relations. He said peace provides an essential guarantee for Taiwan businesses -- with some 340,000 companies registered in Guangdong by the end of last year.

"Guangdong's industrial structure complements Taiwan's very well. We invite more Taiwanese compatriots to invest, and we will implement more favorable policies to support them," Huang said.

Song Tao, head of both the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, reiterated the mainland's firm will and strong capabilities of resolving the Taiwan question.

"Taiwan belongs to China. This is an indisputable historical and legal fact. Any provocation of 'Taiwan independence' will be severely punished and doomed to failure. The vast number of Taiwan compatriots are patriotic. They should firmly uphold the One-China principle, resolutely oppose separatism and external interference, and promote peaceful reunification with the motherland," said Song.

There are growing concerns that the U.S. is turning Taiwan into a pawn in its war-gaming in the Asia Pacific. Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party who also attended the forum, said that the fate of the island should not be determined by external forces.

"People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family. We are capable of discussing and resolving issues among ourselves. We do not need foreign intervention. Unfortunately, U.S. politicians continue to push for dominance and the U.S. military-industrial complex profits from weapon sales, disregarding the well-being of other nations. It is crucial for the Chinese people to stand firm and reinforce our understanding of our historical roots," she said.

The event will conclude on Thursday. The two-day event also features three sub-forums that will be held in Foshan and Zhuhai, respectively, after the opening ceremony.

Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

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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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