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U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

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U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

2024-05-30 10:13 Last Updated At:11:07

Working people in the U.S. are increasingly experiencing a decline in their quality of life as human rights in the country become a privilege for the ruling minority, according to Benjamin Norton, editor-in-chief of the Geopolitical Economy Report, an independent media outlet covering world affairs.

In an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN), Norton expressed concerns about the United States' ability to meet the basic needs of nearly everyone except the upper classes of its society.

"If you're wealthy, you can live very well in the U.S. But for average working people, their wages have been stagnant since the 1970s. My generation is being told there will be no retirement funding, no pensions. Health care is extremely expensive. Education is prohibitively expensive. So, you have all of these problems. Meanwhile, you have more racism, violence, instability. So, people can see that the lives are getting worse," he said.

Norton criticized the two major political parties in the U.S. for their fundamental failures to address important issues that affect everyday people.

"And yet they have two choices in the political system. You have Republicans. What is their response? They scapegoat immigrants, they blame China for everything. Now we have this drug issue. They blame China, which has nothing to do with it. In fact, the drug issue in the U.S. was caused by big pharmaceutical corporations, including Purdue Pharma, which faced dozens of lawsuits for basically giving money to doctors to encourage them to overprescribe medicine like Oxycontin, which got people addicted. The Democrats are incapable of providing alternatives. They ostensibly say they want to provide better policies for working people, but they're also beholden to the big money interests. So, they have this contradictory policy where they say they want to give us more education and health care, but they don't do it," said the analyst.

U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

U.S. residents see 'lives getting worse' as country fails to meet basic needs: journalist

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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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