More in­ter­na­tional air routes to be added

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China will add more than 200 in­ter­na­tional air routes next year.

“A ma­jor rea­son is that we in­tend to strengthen air links among coun­tries re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive be­cause air trans­porta­tion is vi­tal to in­ter­na­tional travel,” said Li Ji­ax­i­ang, head of the Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China.

He said the na­tion now has 663 in­ter­na­tional routes op­er­ated by do­mes­tic and for­eign car­ri­ers, of which 369 were launched this year.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt, which will link China with Europe through Cen­tral and Western Asia, and the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, stretch­ing from southern China to South­east Asia and Africa.

PHOTO / ASIANEWSPHOTO

A cus­toms of­fi­cer checks marten furs smug­gled into Shang­hai from Hong Kong, on Dec 24, 2015. Thir­teen peo­ple have been de­tained on sus­pi­cion of smug­gling 81,633 pieces hid­den among con­sign­ments of fab­ric, the largest smug­gling case in­volv­ing marten furs ever han­dled in Shang­hai.

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