Connecting and integrating with other regions Guangxi Steps Efforts to Build the New Land-Sea Corridor
In one minute, 326 tons of cargo can be handled in Beibu Gulf port; in one minute, Guangxi’s import and export volume to ASEAN can reach 344,000 yuan.
As reported by People’s Daily, Guangxi Beibu Gulf links with 11 countries and is positively interacting with the east, the middle and the west. Under the framework of the New Land-Sea Corridor, Guangxi will witness a new landscape of opening-up and development featuring stronger connectivity and integration with the other regions.
China and Singapore signed the MOU which officially renamed the Southern Transport Corridor as the New Land-Sea Corridor on November 12, 2018.
Under the frameworks of China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, the New Land-Sea Corridor is performing at deeper levels and in wider areas with its construction expanded from logistics and infrastructure to the fields of data and finance. In addition to focusing on building a community of shared interests between western China and ASEAN, it will also promote cooperation among countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
As a vital port for maritime interconnectivity, the routes of Guangxi Beibu Gulf port has covered all major ports of ASEAN countries. It is a connection point for more than 200 ports of more than 100 countries and regions, creating a convenient maritime network. Guangxi Beibu Gulf port has become a key base for logistics in western China’s links with ASEAN countries.
Now, the annual handling capacity of Guangxi Beibu Gulf port exceeds 200 million tons, forming a major maritime gateway from the interior areas to Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and other places.
Cross-border highway transportation, sea-rail transportation and international railway transportation of the New Land-Sea Corridor have also been started operation and normalized. As a southward stretch of the China Sino Euro Cargo Railway program,(Chongqing)Vietnam international train was officially started operation in March. It goes through Nanning, exits from Pingxiang port and directs to Hanoi, Vietnam. The train goes deep into the interior areas of Indo-China Peninsula. In the future, it will reach Bangkok, Laos, Singapore and other places by Trans-Asian Railway, integrating with Indo-China Peninsula economic corridor deeply.
Furthermore, Pingxiang has become a key node of the New Land-Sea Corridor since Guangxi opened 3 logistic lines such as Pingxiang-Haiphone, Pingxiang-Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City, Pingxiang-Vietnam-Savannakhet-Mukdahan-Bukit Kayu Hitam, which are the shortest ones between China and Indo-China Peninsula by land.
A new pattern is emerging between Guangxi and ASEAN, of which the land-sea corridors complement and support each other.