Beijing, April 1 (IANS) Construction on a logistics complex that will deepen bilateral trade between China and Pakistan began in Xinjiang on Friday.
According to the government, the project that began in Tashkurghan Tajik county covers an area of 883 mu (about 58 hectares) and will take a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($464 million), Xinhua reported.
The first stage of the three-stage project includes an internet service administration centre, a cross-border e-commerce enterprise incubator, and a modern warehousing and logistic centre, Xinhua reported.
In the meantime, a comprehensive transportation system, especially for cross-border cold-chain logistics, will be further developed. RMB settlement will be introduced as well.
Further stages will see the completion of a commodity exhibition centre, manufacturing and assembly factories, hotels, entertainment facilities and vehicle maintenance station.
The county of Tashkurghan sits 3,200 metres above sea level in the Pamirs, linking Xinjiang’s Kashgar and the port city of Gwadar in Pakistan.
The county’s Karasu Customs, China’s only land port open to Tajikistan and an important post along the planned China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, officially opened last year after 10 years of preparation.
–Indo-Asina News Service