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China's Central Military Commission concludes political work conference

2024-06-21 01:30 Last Updated At:03:17

China's Central Military Commission (CMC) concluded its three-day political work conference on Wednesday in Yan'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, an important military base for Chinese revolutionaries in the 20th century.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the CMC, attended the conference and delivered an important speech, in which he stressed enhancing political loyalty in the military in the new era.

At the closing ceremony, Zhang Youxia and He Weidong, vice chairmen of the CMC, spoke highly of the conference in their speeches, hailing it as an important meeting with great significance held at a critical juncture in the cause of building a strong military.

The two vice chairmen also highlighted Xi's speech, noting that it will serve as scientific guidance and a guide to action for enhancing political loyalty in the military in the new era.

Apart from studying Xi's speech, the attendees also engaged in other educational activities, including watching a video presentation on improving the military's political work and visited revolutionary sites located in Yan'an.

China's Central Military Commission concludes political work conference

China's Central Military Commission concludes political work conference

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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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