[photopress:Logistics_Vietnam_China.jpg,full,alignright]China and Vietnam are seriously discussing improving the infrastructure in the two corridors involving two southwestern Chinese cities and four northern Vietnamese localities.
In May 2004, the governments of China and Vietnam agreed to develop the two economic corridors, and the Beibu Gulf economic belt involving China’s Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Hong Kong and Macao, and 10 coastal localities of Vietnam, to speed up socioeconomic development of the involved cities and provinces, as well as their trade and economic ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Now something appears to be happening.
At an international seminar attended by the Chinese and the Vietnamese representatives, the Chinese ambassador to Vietnam, Hu Qianwen, proposed the two sides should regard areas along the roads and railways in the two corridors, and ports and logistics services in the Beibu gulf economic belt as major points for bilateral cooperation on trade and investment.
China has improved and constructed necessary infrastructure networks in the two corridors, he said, adding that it is most important for the two sides, especially Vietnam, to improve transport systems.
At the seminar, representatives from Vietnamese ministries and research institutes stated that the two sides should work at seeking funds and human resources to construct the two corridors and the belt, especially their infrastructure.
Nguyen Ba An, vice director of the Development Strategy Institute under the Ministry of Planning and Investment said that the ‘most important measure is speeding up cooperation on building socioeconomic infrastructure, including expressways, rail routes, seaports, power plants, telecommunications networks, wastewater treatment plants, and infrastructure of border areas.’
He added the two sides should prioritize construction of expressways of Kunming-LaoCai-Hanoi-Hai Phong, and Nanning-Lang Son-Hanoi-Hai Phong.
This is a very tight geographical area around Hanoi as shown in our illustration which already has rail links although they are, at the moment, woeful.
Source: Window of China
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