China's Ningxia launches China-Laos international freight train service


YINCHUAN, Jan. 21 (Xinhua): The China-Laos freight train service linking northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and the Laos capital Vientiane started operation on Thursday, opening a new shortcut from Ningxia to South-East Asia.

On Thursday morning, the first outbound train departed from Yinchuan, the regional capital, to Vientiane.

Carrying more than 500 tonnes of chemicals worth over 3.2 million yuan (US$t 500,000), the freight train will exit China via the port of Mohan in southwest China's Yunnan Province and is expected to reach Vientiane in about nine days.

The China-Laos Railway connects Kunming in Yunnan Province with Vientiane. It is the first overseas railway jointly constructed and operated by the two countries.

The 1,035-km railway, a landmark project of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, started operation on Dec. 3, 2021. - Xinhua

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