17 July 2017
Xinjiang Unveils Route Map For Bid to Become Key Belt and Road Transportation Hub (2016-2030)
The Xinjiang government has issued a new transportation development plan (2016-2030), detailing its plans to become one of the key transportation hubs along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). By 2020, it is envisaged that this autonomous region will have taken its first steps towards achieving this goal, as it looks to enhance its role within China’s ambitious infrastructure development and international trade facilitation masterplan.
In order to achieve this, the region is looking to boost its connectivity at the local, regional, national and international level by establishing four east-west transit corridors and four north-south transport axes, as well as a number of hub cities. The transport infrastructure of the region’s northern and southern corridors will also be upgraded in a bid to improve local accessibility and mutual connectively. Ultimately, the plan will see Xinjiang function as a vital conduit between Europe and Asia, with enhanced access to other key Chinese cities to the east and to various economically-significant countries to the west.
The four east-west corridors in question are the BRI’s northern, middle, southern and south-western integrated transportation passages. Of the four designated north-south transport axes, one will run along China’s border in line with on-going development and opening-up requirements, as well as national defence needs. Of the other three, one will provide Russia-China-Pakistan connectivity, a second will address the need for an enhanced China-Mongolia link, and the third will become a primary Mongolia-China-Pakistan trade route. The plan also provides a timeline of the planned 2016-2030 projects seen as essential stepping stones as Xinjiang looks to boost its connectivity at both the local and international levels.
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