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Yunnan accelerates construction of third Eurasia land bridge

YUNNAN provincial government has announced its intention to accelerate construction of needed infrastructure to build the third Eurasian continental land bridge that will link south China to Rotterdam via Turkey over land.

This intention was unveiled at the fifth Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional (PPRD) Cooperation and Development Forum in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, reports Xinhua.

The network of inland roads for the land bridge within the province will be completed by 2015, said Yunnan governor Qin Guangrong.

The project is undergoing comparison studies. It will start from coastal ports in Guangdong, with the Port of Shenzhen being the most important. It will go all the way through Kunming to Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Iran, and will enter Europe from Turkey, terminating at Rotterdam.

The land bridge will cross 20 countries in Asia and Europe and have a total length of about 15,000 kilometres, which is 3,000 to 6,000 kilometres shorter than the sea route entering at the Indian Ocean from the southeast coast via the Malacca Strait. The total annual trade volume of the regions the route passes through is nearly US$300 billion.
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