Belt & Road boosts e-commerce Initiative brings consumers and traders closer
Initiative brings consumers and traders closer
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Meanwhile, Meanwhile, businesses businesses along along the the Belt andand Road Road routes routes have have found found early success via via online channels as Chinese Chinese purchasing power power explodes. explodes. For For instance, instance, nearly nearly 280,000 280,000 latex latex pillows pillows from from Thailand Thailand were were sold sold last year via via Tmall Global, Global, a a site site sourcing sourcing imported imported goods goods to to Chinese Chinese customers.customers.
Likewise, Likewise, thousands of of brands brands have establishedestablished a prominent prominent presence presence and reapedand reaped huge huge gains gainsas Chineseas Chinese customers customers snap snapup instantup instant coffee and coffee tea and bags tea from bags Malaysia,from carpets Malaysia, from carpets India from and India date palmsand date from palms the from United the United Arab Emirates.Arab Emirates.
The The cross-bordercross- border marketplacemarketplace on on JD.com JD.com Inc, Inc, the nation’sthe nation’s second-largest second-largest e-commercee-commerce player,player, coverscovers 7070 countries countries and and regions regions and and is is poised poised to to partner partner with with more more Asian Asian and and Central Central European European vendors, vendors, said said Qi Qi Ting, Ting, general-manager general-manager of of JD JD Worldwide.Worldwide. Leveraging the ChinaEurope Leveragingrail network,the China-Europea crucial part of rail the network, initiative,a JD crucial has part halvedof the time initiative,to transportJD has halvedauto suppliesthe time fromto transport Germany autoto southwesternsupplies from China Germany compared to southwesternwith sea China routes, comparedwithsea she said. routes, shesaid.
“The“The internet internetis theis the key feature key featureof the of Beltthe and Belt Roadand RoadInitiative Initiativein the in 21st the century,21st century,and cooperationand cooperationin internet-relatedin internetrelated services servicesalong the along routes the propels routes innovationpropels innovationand industrial and upgrading,”industrial upgrading,”said Wang Yiwei,said Wang director Yiwei,of the directorInstitute of of Internationalthe Institute Affairsof Internationalat RenminUniversityofChina Affairs at Renmin in UniversityBeijing. of China in Beijing.
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