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Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun Attends Dialogue on Joint Building of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor

2019/01/10

On January 8, 2019, Dialogue on Joint Building of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor was held in Chongqing. Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun attended the Dialogue and delivered a keynote speech. Zhang Jun expressed that the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor is a landmark project of the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, and that well constructing the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor showcases the important consensus of the leaders of China and Singapore on pushing for in-depth development of bilateral relations in the new era. The Corridor is conducive to developing the broad market of the western part of China and even that of the hinterland of Eurasia, further enhancing regional connectivity, effectively pushing for regional economic integration and coping with the challenges the world economy is facing. At the moment, the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative has entered a new phase featuring high-quality development, and the construction of New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor is also standing at a new starting point and facing important opportunities to accelerate its progress. The Chinese side is willing to join hands with relevant parties to improve the building of the system and mechanism of the Corridor, enhance cooperation level, attract more countries to participate in the construction of the Corridor, and play the role of a great corridor with connectivity under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, so as to truly make the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor an important bridge connecting Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road.

The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, which is a China-Singapore connectivity program, connects the Silk Road Economic Belt with the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, with Chongqing and Singapore as two hubs and provinces and regions such as Guangxi, Guizhou and Gansu as pivots. It is a key corridor program to drive the industrial development along the route through land and sea joint transportation. The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor was jointly launched by the Chinese and the Singaporean side in February 2017.

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