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Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

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Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

2024-05-30 10:26 Last Updated At:12:17

China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Fu Cong on Wednesday urged Israel to fulfill its obligations to ensure sufficient and unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into the Gaza Strip.

At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Fu said China strongly condemned Israel's recent airstrikes on the refugee camps in Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of numerous innocent civilians.

He said that China firmly opposes politicizing humanitarian issues, using hunger as a weapon and using humanitarian assistance as a bargaining chip.

"Israel, as the occupying side, should earnestly fulfill its obligations, immediately open all land border crossings, ensure adequate and rapid access for humanitarian supplies into Gaza and protect the safety of humanitarian agencies and personnel for the safe and orderly distribution of supplies," said Fu.

On Tuesday, a draft resolution on the situation in Gaza was submitted by Algeria, which demands a halt of Israeli military operations in Rafah, a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of detainees.

However, Alternate Representative of the United States for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations Robert A. Wood maintained that the very draft resolution would not be helpful for the situation in Gaza.

"Any kind of additional product on the situation right now probably is not going to be helpful. It's not going to change the situation on the ground," said Wood.

So far, the United Nations Security Council has been continuing to discuss the content of the draft resolution, with no time being set for the vote.

Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

Chinese envoy calls on Israel to ensure sufficient, unimpeded humanitarian deliveries into Gaza

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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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