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Kunming-Bangkok highway boosts Yunnan's foreign trade growth

Source:   Time:

The volume of freight transport passing Kunming-Bangkok Highway totaled 1.77 million tons, with a trade turnover of 1.3 billion U.S. dollars during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2005-2010), according to statistics released by Yunnan’s customs.

Over the past five years, the average annual growth rate of the highway logistics and foreign trade were 35.6 percent and 51.6 percent respectively. In 2010, the highway becomes the third largest trade port in Yunnan with the import and export volume of foreign trade increasing to 730 million U.S. dollars.

The 1750-kilometer-long Kunming-Bangkok Highway -- running from Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, through Laos to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the four major links between China and Southeast Asia, the people’s daily online reported.

Opened to traffic in 2008, the transnational road runs in China, Laos and Thailand for 688 kms, 247 kms and 813 kms, respectively.

It reduces the travel time from Kunming to Mohan Port on the China-Laos border to 10 hours and halves the driving time from Kunming to Bangkok to 20 hours.

It lays a solid foundation for the China-ASEAN free trade zone by improving the connectivity of the region.

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