29 Feb 2016
Guangxi to Build Five Road Links to Connect with Belt and Road
The People's Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region recently announced the outline of its 13th Five-Year Plan. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period, Guangxi will focus on the construction of five road links connecting with the China-ASEAN land transport link, the China-ASEAN maritime transport link, the Belt and Road, southwestern and central south China, and Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau and promote the formation of a new north-south link connecting China's western region with the Indochina Peninsula and the Belt and Road.
Guangxi will energetically promote connectivity to build itself into an important gateway to the Belt and Road. For land transport, focus will be put on the building of a north-bound corridor to the Silk Road Economic Belt that runs from Nanning to Guiyang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Urumqi and other inland cities, a south-bound corridor to the Maritime Silk Road that runs from Nanning to countries in the Indochina Peninsula, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In particular, efforts will be made to strengthen connections with important ports of Vietnam's road networks and remove the bottlenecks, thereby promoting the formation of a new north-south land corridor connecting the Belt and Road. Guangxi's major industrial town Liuzhou will become an important link in the extension of international train services of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway to form the Guangdong-Guangxi-Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international rail route connecting the Silk Road Economic Belt with the Zhujiang-Xijiang (referring to Pearl River and Xi River) Economic Belt and the Hong Kong and Macau region.
With the Nanning and Guilin Airports as hubs, it will increase the number of routes and flights to the ASEAN countries and strive to build the China-ASEAN air corridor by encouraging more flights taking off from major cities in southwestern and central south China to stop over at Nanning and Guilin on their way to the ASEAN countries. It will also speed up planning for the Nanning-Hohhot High Speed Railway. The "second north-bound corridor" is just round the corner.
Other than connectivity, Guangxi will also actively promote international production capacity cooperation by expanding the service scope of the China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit from ASEAN-China (10+1) to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN 10+6) and beyond. It will also build a mechanism of people-to-people exchanges combining government with civilian efforts and featuring multi-party participation, give full scope to its role as a pilot in comprehensive financial reform in border areas, and energetically develop financial services in the border areas as well as cross-border finance.