Monday, April 19, 2021
Home Lead Story Air Trade Corridor Between China And Afghanistan Now Open

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

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.

Polio, afghanistan
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.

Polio, afghanistan
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.

Also Read: Knowledge To Restrict Internet Worldwide Exported By China: Report

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)

STAY CONNECTED

19,517FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

The Truth Behind Why Airliners Don’t Fly Over Tibet

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY Airplanes can fly for thousands of kilometers across the globe. Rockets have landed men on the moon and Elon Musk plans to...

Symptoms Affecting Daily Life Post Covid Recovery

Are you a Covid-19 survivor, but still feel fatigued and not having fully recovered? You may be experiencing what is known as "Long Covid"....

Study Highlights How An Asthma Drug Can Speed Up Recovery From Covid-19

Inhaled budesonide -- primarily an asthma drug -- can shorten recovery time among Covid patients aged over 50, according to a study. Early treatment...

Covid-19 Self-Prescription May Impact Liver, Urge Doctors

The Covid-19 surge across the country has not just led to a scramble for hospital beds but has also resulted in people opting for...

‘Humans Taught To Earn Money But Not Coincide With Nature’, Says Actor Sayaji Shinde

Actor Sayaji Shinde, who is an environment crusader along with being a popular face in the Indian film and theatre world, feels that humans...

A Complete Guide To Learn About Different Bitcoin Trading Strategies!

By Jean Nichols Everyone wants to make massive profits, but it is not an easy task as it requires a lot of knowledge and effort....

Some Of The World’s Oldest Professions That Still Exist Today

BY- Laura Dosil As technology becomes ever increasingly a big part of our lives, particularly in the workplace, there are still some jobs that are...

How The Pandemic Has Changed Working And Learning In India

As India grapples with the second Covid wave amid a seismic shift in the way people work and learn, this year and beyond will...

Recent Comments