Zhanjiang, a coastal city in western Guangdong province, is planning to expand its port handling capacity to meet the growing trade demand between the city and countries and regions along the ancient Maritime Silk Road, a senior government official said. “We will build the Zhanjiang port into a major international shipping center as several local industries are expected to witness a boom in exporting to countries and regions along the ancient maritime trade route,” said Wang Zhongbing, mayor of Zhanjiang. According to Wang, a 400,000 ton-grade shipping channel is under construction, and when complete, would make it one of the deepest berths in the world…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2015
- In 2013, the Maritime Silk Road, a Chinese strategic initiative, was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost the economic development and trade of countries lying along the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea.
- As of 2011, the top Chinese ports in terms of container traffic of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) were Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xiamen, Dalian, Lianyungang and Yingkou.