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Russia launches massive strikes, Ukraine engages in 99 battles

2024-06-22 08:55 Last Updated At:10:37

Russia said Friday that it had launched massive strikes against Ukrainian forces over the past week, while Ukraine claimed to have repelled many Russian attacks over the past 24 hours.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that from June 15-21, the Russian army conducted 14 group strikes by precision-guided weapons and combat drones to hit Ukrainian military targets, foreign mercenaries' temporary deployment points, military airports, arsenals, fuel depots, unmanned vessels and drones.

The Russian army claimed to have shot down 397 Ukrainian drones, while sinking six Ukrainian unmanned military boats in Crimea.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a war report on the same day the Ukrainian troops were engaged in 99 battles along the frontline in the past 24 hours.

The report said that Russia continued to launch aerial attacks from multiple directions, especially targeting Pokrovsk. In response, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were taking all necessary measures to prevent the Russian troops from breaking through the defense line. The fighting in the direction of Pokrovsk was the most intense one, where nearly one third of the battles had occurred.

Russia launches massive strikes, Ukraine engages in 99 battles

Russia launches massive strikes, Ukraine engages in 99 battles

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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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