CR Express brings development opportunities for SW China’s Chengdu: expert
“As an important hub city for China Railway Express (CR Express), Chengdu enjoys first-mover advantage in launching more international freight train routes linking China with Southeast Asian countries,” said Zhai Kun, a professor at the School of International Relations of Peking University, in a recent interview with the Belt and Road Portal.
Chengdu has already launched several China-Europe railway routes, and southbound freight trains departing from the city can reach the land port city of Pingxiang and sea port of Qinzhou in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Zhai said.
“By combining railway and sea transport, cargo can thus go from Europe to Chengdu on CR Express trains, and then pass the South China ports to reach Southeast Asia through the new International Land-Sea Trade Corridor,” Zhai said.
“As China is now promoting the new ‘dual circulation’ development pattern, it is great timing for Chengdu to explore southbound freight routes,” Zhai said, explaining that Chengdu can be regarded as one of the core cities for energizing the domestic cycle, while Southeast Asia can serve as an integration hub of the international cycle.