Thailand-China high speed railway is 7% of 1st section completed — March 23, 2018

Thailand-China high speed railway is 7% of 1st section completed ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

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PAK CHONG, Thailand, Mar 23 (FAM) – Construction of the first section of Thailand-China High Speed Train project has been running smoothly, or 7 percent completed, Thanin Somboon, Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Highways said on Thursday at the construction site here.

The clearing and grubbing of the first 3.5-kilometer section is finished in the main, contributing to a 7 percent completion of the section, said Thanin at a press tour to where the project began last December.


Expo to promote the Belt and Road Initiative —

Expo to promote the Belt and Road Initiative ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

URUMQI, Mar 23 (FAM) – The 6th China-Eurasia Expo will be held in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from August 30 to September 3.

More than 2,000 enterprises from home and abroad will display their products and services in diverse industries including textile, food, tourism, medicine and finance.


Hainan Airlines launches Madrid-Shenzhen route —

Hainan Airlines launches Madrid-Shenzhen route ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd

MADRID, Mar 23 (FAM) – Presenting the latest of its new routes for 2018, Hainan Airlines of China on Thursday announced the opening of direct flights between the Spanish capital of Madrid and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The first of the airline’s direct routes between China and Spain offers flights every Monday and Friday between Madrid and Shenzhen in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with the first ever flight taking off shortly after midnight, only a couple of hours after the opening ceremony of the route.


China prepares for trade war — March 22, 2018

China prepares for trade war ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)


BEIJING, Mar 22 (FAM) – China has launched a multifaceted effort to prepare for what looks like an imminent trade war with the US, as the latter is reportedly set to announce a slew of measures targeting China by Friday.

Top Chinese officials have in recent days been engaging with other countries and global organizations in a bid to form a multilateral response to the imposition of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and the forthcoming measures against China, while also continuing talks with US officials in the hope of averting a confrontation. Meanwhile, China is also threatening to retaliate if forced to do so.

Supply chains hit by US intermodal bottlenecks —

Supply chains hit by US intermodal bottlenecks ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

CHICAGO, Mar 22 (FAM) – Supply chains to and from North America are being disrupted by various intermodal challenges and bottlenecks, with some shippers seeking emergency logistics alternatives due to cargo delays at North American ports.

Shippers and lines could expect steep hikes in US trucking freight rates this year as driver shortages, strong consumer demand, and new regulations create ‘a perfect storm’ of rising supply chain challenges that could get worse from April.


FTA welcomes Brexit transition agreement —

FTA welcomes Brexit transition agreement ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONDON, Mar 22 (FAM) – Leading UK logistics representative body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed progress this week between EU and UK negotiators towards a 21-month transitional period after the UK leaves the EU as “a welcome relief”, but stressed that there was “still much to agree on the detail of the UK’s departure from the European Union”.

It said the announcement of a Brexit transitional period ending in December 2020 “will be a welcome relief for manufacturing and retail businesses exporting and importing from the EU”. But it said the EU’s “nothing is agreed until all is agreed” principle still leaves logistics operators uncertain over the future.


China box throughput grows 8.9% to 16.7 mln in Feb —

China box throughput grows 8.9% to 16.7 mln in Feb ( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Mar 22 (FAM) – Ports in China handled a total of 16.742 million TEUs of containers in February, which improved 8.9% year on year, according to the nation’s Ministry of Transport (MOT). Throughput grew at both coastal and inland river ports, which rose 9.6% to 14.986 million TEUs and 3.3% to 1.755 million TEUs, respectively.

In the first two months (January-February), 37.543 million TEUs were moved to and from China in total, which swelled 9.1%. Coastal ports were responsible for 33.56 million TEUs, up 9.2%, and inland river ports, the balance of 3.986 million TEUs, up 7.8%.


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