Riding on the east wind of jointly building the “Belt and Road” and integrating into the country’s strategy of opening to the west, Xinjiang, an important hub on the ancient Silk Road, is becoming the frontier of opening up and continues to write a new chapter on the Silk Road. Recently, reporters followed the “Visiting Xinjiang at Ports” interview group organized by the Central Propaganda Department and went to Irkeshtan, Turgat and other border ports to feel the strong pulse of the port economy.
[Prosperous ports help Xinjiang become the frontier of opening up]
Jiangsu Station reporter Wang Min: “Now we are coming to the Irkeshtan Port located in Wuqia County, Kezhou, Xinjiang. With the continuous advancement of the joint construction of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, this westernmost port in China has also It’s getting busier and busier.”
Surrounded by mountains, the Irkeshtan Port is only more than 200 kilometers away from Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Going west, it can reach key logistics hub nodes along the Belt and Road, such as Andijan, Uzbekistan. It is an important channel for China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan road-rail combined transport. Nowadays, more and more goods are entering and exiting the Irkeshtan Port, with an average of about 450 vehicles passing through customs every day. In order to facilitate truck drivers coming and going, the port has also set up a driver’s home to provide attentive services.
Andrei, a truck driver in Kyrgyzstan, said: “The Irkeshtan port has changed a lot, and we have more job opportunities. I used to travel between China and Kyrgyzstan once a month, but now I travel at least three times a month. .”
In order to further improve the efficiency of truck traffic at the Irkeshtan Port, the port continues to improve infrastructure construction and optimize customs clearance procedures. From January to October this year, the volume of goods passing through Irkeshtan Port exceeded 1 million tons, a record high.
Anivarjan Noor, chief of the Second Inspection Section of Irkeshtan Customs, said: “Increase investment in the most advanced equipment and use two H986s. We call it non-intrusive inspection. The original manual up and down inspection has been transformed into a machine Scanning, inspection, and picture identification are also done by artificial intelligence, achieving the goal of ‘fast and manageable’.”
The Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture, known as the “State of Ten Thousand Mountains,” was once the main battlefield for poverty alleviation in Xinjiang. In recent years, Kezhou has built a national-level economic development zone in Irkeshtan Port Park based on two national first-class land ports, Turgat and Irkeshtan, which has become a booster for economic development. In order to support the construction of the Irkeshtan Port Park, Jiangsu, as a counterpart aid province to Xinjiang, continues to invest industry guidance funds to help the park attract enterprises and put it into production.
Zhu Yankun, the 11th batch of cadres from Jiangsu Province to aid Xinjiang and deputy director of the Irkeshtan Port Management Committee, said: “We coordinated and facilitated the SCO (Lianyungang) International Logistics Park and the Irkeshtan Port to reach a cooperation agreement and open it on a regular basis. The road-rail combined international freight train helps Jiangsu products reach the markets of Central Asian countries directly through the Irkeshtan port.”
Wang Min: “The electric bicycle I am riding now was just assembled in the Feifeng Bicycle Industry Workshop in the Jiangsu Industrial Park in Kezhou, Xinjiang. These electric bicycles will be sent to Uzbekistan through the Irkeshtan Port. .”
In the warehouse of Feifeng Automobile Industry, thousands of electric vehicles are neatly placed. As an enterprise aiding Xinjiang, it has produced more than 3,000 electric vehicles since the Jiangsu Industrial Park in Kezhou was put into production in September, and its products have been sold to various countries in Central Asia.
Tu Qifeng, general manager of Feifeng Automobile Industry (Kezhou) Co., Ltd., said: “We currently have an order from a dealer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and we have achieved a sales plan of 10,000 units. I am very confident about future exports.”
Li Liang, the 11th batch of Xinjiang aid cadres from Jiangsu Province and leader of the Xinjiang Xinjiang Industrial Assistance Team of Jiangsu Province’s Counterpart Support Xinjiang Kezhou Forward Headquarters, said: “At present, the total investment of enterprises settled in Kezhou Jiangsu Industrial Park is 2 billion yuan, and it is expected to be realized this year. The output value is 725 million yuan. Through the continuous support of industrial aid to Xinjiang, we strive to build Kezhou Industrial Park into a demonstration area for the westward transfer of industries from the east and a pioneer area for the opening and development of southern Xinjiang to the west.”
[Chasing dreams together improves people’s happiness index]
The continuous development of ports has also improved the happiness index of the people. There is a residential area called “Happiness Community” on the east side of Turgat Port. The living facilities here are complete, and the business of front houses is booming. This is an ex-situ poverty alleviation relocation site built by the local government with the strong support of Changzhou’s aid funds to Xinjiang, relying on the geographical advantages of Turgate Port’s large flow of people and logistics and many jobs. 136 relocated herdsmen households purchased shops at preferential prices to do business, and the government provided subsidized loans. The young adults who came down from the mountains could still work in the nearby port goods yard, leading a life of “cattle and sheep on the mountain, buildings on the mountain, shops downstairs, and monthly income.”
Aisha Asiya Sima Yili, a resident of Xingfu Community in Bayinkuluti Town, Wuqia County, Xinjiang, said: “I used to make a living by herding, and my income was not guaranteed. Now I live in a spacious and bright house, and the health center and school are all close to home.” Very close. Thank you Jiangsu, thank you Changzhou!”
Lu Qi, the 11th batch of Xinjiang aid cadres in Jiangsu Province and leader of Changzhou City’s counterpart support frontline working group in Wuqia County, Xinjiang, said: “We will invest in 59 aid projects in the next three years, with a total amount of 269 million yuan. This also includes With the improvement of the tap water factory, the farmers and herdsmen trading market in Heiziwei Township, and other livelihood projects that are of concern to the people and the government, we will make the aid to Xinjiang practical step by step.”
(Jiangsu Radio and Television Station·Integrated Media News Center Reporter/Wang Min He Fei Editor/Zhang Meng)