Advancing cross-border freight connectivity: China’s high-speed rail network and Myanmar’s rail system at the heart of the discussion

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A part of the section from Dali to Baoshan of the Dali-Ruili railway that opened in 2022.

China’s high-speed rail projects will be completed in 2027 in Ruili

To increase bilateral trade between China and Myanmar, a memorandum of understanding on facilitating cross-border transport, including connecting with the railway network, was signed in Nay Pyi Taw on 26 July.
The Union Minister for Transport and Communications and Mr Wei Gang, the Governor of the People’s Government of Dehong Autonomous Prefecture under the Yunnan Province, China, attended the signing ceremony and had a discussion.
Mr Wei Gang discussed matters concerning the operation of flights between Mangshi, the city of Dehong Autonomous Prefecture, and Mandalay, four times a week by Ruili Airlines; the expansion of passenger and cargo flights to potential cities, in addition to the round trips of Yangon-Mandalay-Mangshi flights three times a week by Myanmar National Airlines; and issues regarding the transit of Chinese goods through the Yangon port.
It is known that China’s high-speed rail projects to Ruili will be completed in 2027.
The Chinese Embassy to Myanmar stated that the flow of goods between Myanmar and China will be more convenient, and it will be possible to open a new channel for the flow of goods between China and Southeast Asian countries by combining maritime, road, and rail transportation since the section from Dali to Baoshan of the Dali-Ruili railway was successfully opened in August 2022.
Therefore, the role of the Dali-Ruili railway will be more significant for the construction of the Belt and Road and the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, the embassy added. — TWA/CT

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