First shipments on a newly-launched railway line from the Myanmar border to the commercial hub of Chengdu in western China, will provide China a new road-rail transportation channel to the Indian Ocean, were delivered last week, state media reported on Tuesday.
A “test cargo” through being called the China-Myanmar, New Passage arrived at the Chengdu rail port in Sichuan province on August 27, the official China News Service reported.
The transport corridor involves a sea-road-rail link. Goods from Singapore reached Yangon Port, shipped through the Andaman Sea of the northeastern Indian Ocean, and were then transported by road to Lincang on the Chinese side of the Myanmar-China border in Yunnan province. The new railway line that runs from the border town of Lincang to Chengdu, a key trade hub in western China, completes the corridor.
“This passage connects the logistics lines of Singapore, Myanmar and China, and is currently the most convenient land and sea channel linking the Indian Ocean with southwest China,” the China News Service said, adding that “the one-way journey saves 20 to 22 days”.