On June 8, accompanied by his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Xi Jinping who was on a state visit to Kazakhstan visited the China Pavilion at the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017 and attended a video link event for China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation, according to Xinhua.
Xi Jinping and Nursultan Nazarbayev watched a short film on China-Kazakhstan cooperation on cross-border transportation. Later, they inspected via videolink the block train, reloading and marshalling operations at the China-Kazakhstan logistics terminal in Lianyungang and the dry port in the Khorgos-East Gate Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and listened to reports from senior officials and business executives of both countries. After the two heads of state jointly pushed the joystick, the video showed four trains at the two parallel sessions whistled and pulled out of the station. Then the two presidents delivered remarks.
After the two heads of state jointly pushed the joystick at the video link event, the video showed four trains whistled and pulled out of the station at the two parallel sessions of the China-Kazakhstan logistics terminal in Lianyungang and the dry port in the Khorgos-East Gate SEZ. Photo by Ding Lin, Xinhua News Agency.
The growing cooperation on cross-border transportation between China and Kazakhstan will make a greater contribution to regional development and prosperity. I hope that through our concerted efforts and sustained focus on development, we can build the new Eurasian land-sea multimodal transport corridor connected by Lianyungang and Horgos into a model project for the Belt and Road Initiative, so as promote peace, prosperity, openness, innovation, and exchanges of civilizations.
—Speech by President Xi Jinping at the video link event for China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation
Capt. Xu Lirong, Chairman of the Board of COSCO SHIPPING, attended the video link event at the parallel session in Lianyungang. He reported to the two heads of state that 322 TEUs of cargo are unloaded from M.V. COSCO EUROPE owned by the Group and will be carried by China Railway Express to their destination via Kazakhstan.
Mr. Li Qiang, Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Mr. Lu Dongfu, President of China Railway Corporation, made a report on port and railway preparations.
After listening to the report by representatives of project partners from the two countries, the two heads of state jointly pushed the joystick. A phalanx of nearly 1,000 employees from COSCO SHIPPING, China Railway Corporation, and Lianyungang Port Holdings Group burst into applause and witnessed this exciting moment.
This event marks a major progress in enhancing China-Kazakhstan logistics cooperation from land bridge transport to international land-sea multimodal transport and global logistics chain. By integrating the advantages of ports, shipping and railways, it effectively promotes the seamless connection and connectivity between the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road. Meanwhile, it opens up a new way for goods from Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries to be shipped overseas through the port in East China and serves as an important logistics center linking trade routes along the Belt and Road. In addition, it will boost the economic and trade links between China and Kazakhstan as well as the two countries’ relations. Today, the trade and economic development of the two countries is ushering in a new era.
Just 24 days ago, the three-party share transfer agreement on the dry port in the Khorgos-East Gate SEZ was officially signed in Beijing among China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited (COSCO SHIPPING), Lianyungang Port Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (LPH) and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), the national railway company of Kazakhstan. According to the agreement, COSCO SHIPPING and LPH would jointly acquire a 49% stake of the dry port which was originally owned by KTZ.
At the site of China-Kazakhstan logistics terminal in Lianyungang, M.V. COSCO EUROPE is berthing during its voyage in the trans-Pacific major route.
Blue “COSCO SHIPPING” containers are unloaded from the vessel one after another.
The containers are transferred by trucks and will be hoisted to a China-Europe block train in the port area before leaving for Istanbul, Turkey.