A highway bridge connecting China and Russia over the Heilongjiang River will start construction Saturday [24 December 2016], about 28 years after it was first proposed, local authorities announced Thursday. The 19.9-kilometer highway bridge, the first connecting the two countries, stretches from Heihe, a border town in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, to the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2016

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  • In October 2019, according to an official from the Heilongjiang Traffic Department, the CNY 2.47 billion (~US$355 million) bridge is supposed to open.

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  • In December 2016, freight train services between Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, and Moscow began operations. The Xi’an-Moscow freight train service will take 11 days and follows the previously opened routes of Xi’an-Warsaw and Xi’an-Hamburg.
  • In October 2016, two new Russian Far East trade corridors with the Chinese provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang were under construction. The Pogranichny-Suifenhe border checkpoint in China’s Heilongjiang Province and Russia’s Primorsky Krai is a major overland trade hub. However, Russia is constructing two international transportation corridors (Primorye 1 and Primorye 2) that will link up with the Chinese provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin. Both transportation corridors will be administrated by the city of Vladivostok.

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