Yan­bian-Mon­go­lia rail link ‘on track’

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By CAOYIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Plans are be­ing drawn up for a rail­way link­ing the Yan­bian Korean au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in North­east China’s Jilin prov­ince with Mon­go­lia, an of­fi­cial said at the “two ses­sions” in Bei­jing.

Yan­bian, just north of the bor­der with the Demo­cratic People’s Repub­lic of Korea, can be a win­dow to the world for the prov­ince, “which is a ma­jor rea­son that the pre­fec­ture de­cided to ex­tend its reach into neigh­bor­ing coun­tries,” said Che Guangtie, di­rec­tor of the area’s congress.

A rail­way will mean more ef­fi­cient ex­change of goods and re­sources be­tween the two ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to Che, who is also a del­e­gate to the Na­tional People’s Congress.

“It’s a big de­vel­op­ing op­por­tu­nity for both ar­eas, and I have a strong feel­ing that Mon­go­lia in­tends to co­op­er­ate with us to build the rail­way as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Yan­bian had pre­vi­ously launched a fo­rum that aims to of­fer a plat­form for an ex­change of views with Ja­pan, the Repub­lic of Korea and Rus­sia. Last year, Che said, Mon­go­lia joined the group.

“Mon­go­lia showed great in­ter­est when we men­tioned the rail­way plan,” he said.

Che told China Daily that he was de­ter­mined to con­duct stud­ies in­Mon­go­lia this year, hop­ing to learn more about the coun­try and its needs, “which is key to reach­ing an agree­ment and ful­fill­ing the plan” for a rail link, he added.

The pro­posed rail link would of­fer land­lockedMon­go­lia bet­ter and cheaper ac­cess to the sea via Hunchun, a city in the pre­fec­ture, Wang said. Zhao Yinan this story.

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