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Air Trade Corridor Between China And Afghanistan Now Open

In the wake of its increased economic engagement in the region, China recently set up a trilateral foreign ministers' level dialogue with Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Landlocked Afghanistan has opened its first direct air link with China, dispatching 20 tons of pine nuts on the inaugural cargo flight.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Chinese diplomats attended the special ceremony Monday in Kabul, hoping the air corridor will lead to increased Afghan exports of dry and fresh fruits to Chinese markets and address a massive trade deficit.

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A boy receives polio vaccination drops during an anti-polio campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

 

During the past year, Afghanistan has launched air corridors with India, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

A presidential statement said 20 tons of pine nuts will be exported daily to China until the end of the season this year. Beijing is one of the largest importers of Afghan pine nuts.

Afghan officials estimate the air corridor would enable them to transport 23,000 tons of pine nuts annually to China, earning up to $800 million in revenue.

Ghani described pine nuts, pistachio nuts, and cumin as “the hidden treasures” of Afghanistan, saying the trade corridors would enable the country to utilize its full potential.

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Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne (L-R), China’s PLA Lieutenant-General He Lei and Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan listens to U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore, June 2, 2018. VOA

Afghan businessmen and traders expect raw materials, including saffron and semi-precious stones, which are found in Afghanistan, will also be exported to China through the newly opened link.

The Afghan government has been searching for alternate trade routes to reduce dependence on uneasy neighbor Pakistan for international trade. Under a bilateral understanding, Islamabad allows Kabul to use Pakistani land routes and sea ports for international exports.

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But Afghan officials and businessmen say political tensions and border skirmishes often prompt Islamabad to close major border crossings for days, hampering overland Afghan shipments, mostly containing perishable goods.

In the wake of its increased economic engagement in the region, China recently set up a trilateral foreign ministers’ level dialogue with Pakistan and Afghanistan to help ease tensions between the two countries and increase mutual security cooperation to fight regional terrorism. (VOA)

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Huawei Mate X: More Specs Revealed, to Soon Launch in China

As for the connectivity options, the device supports NFC, dual-frequency GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huaweis foldable phone Mate X has passed through Chinas TENAA certification agency and is listed as a 5G phone with model number TAH-AN00.

According to the listing, the device would house an 8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,480×2,200 px. The battery will come with a minimum rating of 4,400 mAh, news portal GSMArena reported on Friday.

The device would come in three different RAM and storage configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB, each with support for expansion via the Nano Memory card standard.

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

In addition, the listing also reveals that the device is running Android 9 Pie operating system out-of-the-box and is likely to have EMUI 9.1 custom interface on top.

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As far as the cameras are concerned, the phone features a 40MP main sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens with a 16MP ultrawide lens and a Time of Flight (ToF) 3D camera.

As for the connectivity options, the device supports NFC, dual-frequency GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port. (IANS)