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China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to boost ties, promote regional peace: experts

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China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to boost ties, promote regional peace: experts

2024-05-30 10:03 Last Updated At:10:57

The upcoming 10th ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum presents an opportunity to further boost relations between China and the Arab world and to promote regional peace, according to experts from the both sides.

The forum, which is to be held in Beijing on Thursday, will study the specific measures to implement the consensuses reached by leaders, expand China-Arab cooperation in various fields and promote the building of a China-Arab community with a shared future, according to Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li at a press briefing held in Beijing on Monday.

The meeting plans to adopt a number of outcome documents to further build consensus between China and the Arab countries and plan the next stage of cooperation, according to Deng.

"The overarching context for this forum (conference) is the emergence of two major trends in recent years on the international stage: a trend towards turmoil, division, and sanctions, and a trend towards peaceful development. It is clear that both China and Arab countries are committed to economic development and regional peace. China and the Arab world share common aspirations, goals, and interests, both globally and in the Middle East," said Niu Xinchun, executive director of the China-Arab Research Institute at northwest China's Ningxia University.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. Over the past two decades, the forum has established 19 crucial mechanisms, including ministerial meetings, strategic political dialogue, reform and development forums, and energy cooperation conferences. These platforms have facilitated the release of 85 significant outcome documents, setting a benchmark for collective cooperation among developing countries.

At the first China-Arab States Summit in 2022, the two sides agreed to build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era, and China-Arab relations entered a new era of comprehensive deepening development.

"Since its establishment, the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum has always focused on cooperation and thecommon interests between Arab states and China in the political, cultural and economic fields, helping the two sides strengthen the friendly relations that have existed for thousands of years," said Ahmed Mustafa Fahmy, head of the League of Arab States' China representative office.

Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chinese foreign minister, will co-chair the meeting with Mohamed Salem Ould Merzouk, Mauritania's minister of foreign affairs, cooperation and Mauritanians abroad.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the League of Arab States, along with foreign ministers or representatives of the Arab states will attend the meeting.

China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to boost ties, promote regional peace: experts

China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to boost ties, promote regional peace: experts

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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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