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Railway to give port lift

INVESTORS in China's western interior will no longer have to make detours to eastern and southern coasts for imports or exports as a railway network project will allow easier access to the sea port in Beibu Bay in six years, according to the Nanning railway authority in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The ongoing railway expansion consists of four regional trunk lines: Lanzhou-Urumqi, Lanzhou-Chongqing, Guiyang-Chongqing and Huangtong-Baise.

The network passed through 12 provinces from north to south in the western region, Chen Baoshi, director of Nanning Railway Bureau, said yesterday.

On completion of the network in 2015, the only passage to the sea in the western region would be operational, he said. He did not give details of construction costs.

Zhang Jiashou, director of the economic department of Party school in Guangxi, said Beibu Bay had become a stronger and busier sea hub as a result of deepened collaboration between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

But inadequate road and rail networks in the west made it hard for business in the northwest to get to the port on the southern border which was the closest geographically, he said.


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