China’s Xinjiang posts robust foreign trade growth in first three quarters

A worker transports cargo with a forklift at the Urumqi International Land Port Area in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in July. CAI ZENGLE/FOR CHINA DAILY

URUMQI — Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region saw a year-on-year rise of 47.3 percent in foreign trade in the first three quarters of this year, the local customs authorities said.

During this period, the region’s total import and export volume reached 252.84 billion yuan ($35.22 billion), boosted by a slew of favorable policies, according to the customs of Urumqi, the regional capital.

In particular, Xinjiang’s trade with Belt and Road Initiative countries rose by 49.7 percent year-on-year during the period, the customs said.

Meanwhile, the region’s trade with five Central Asian countries grew by 53.8 percent.

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