China provides trainload of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
CHINA has shipped more than 1,000 tonnes of food, clothing and blankets to Afghanistan, according to a statement by the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu, reports Mumbai’s Republic TV.
Mr Wang stated that a train carrying over 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid has left China’s Xinjiang province. He further stated that milk, tea powder, cotton-padded clothing, cotton shoes, and blankets are among the items shipped.
He also said that China-Afghanistan trains have transported over 2,600 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since July 2021, according to TOLO News.
TOLO News is Afghanistan’s first 24/7 news channel, owned by MOBY Group, launched in August, 2010. Its sister channels are TOLO TV and Lemar TV in Afghanistan, according to the Wikipedia entry.
The freight train carrying over 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian goods left Urumqi West Railway Station in northwest China’s Xinjiang region on November 20 and is scheduled to arrive in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 12 days, according to Chinese officials.
The Xinjiang Railway Department, customs and freight forwarders collaborated to create green lanes to ensure that commodities moved smoothly.
Pang Hongtao, deputy general manager of China Railway Urumqi Group’s Urumqi Freight Centre, according to CGTN stated that they prepared two reach stackers and employed men to ensure that all loading can be completed within three hours.
Afghanistan is still suffering from severe humanitarian catastrophe as well as economic problems. Ambassador Wang said China will send Afghanistan CNY200 million (US$31.3 million) for humanitarian aid, with the first shipment arriving in Kabul.
Aside from humanitarian aid, China has established an “air corridor” for agricultural trade with Afghanistan, which Zhu Yongbiao, director of the Centre for Afghanistan Studies in Lanzhou University claims will boost Afghan farmers’ income and promote economic mobility in the country, hence encouraging domestic economic development, according to the report.