Belt and Road to be connected

China will build an open, modern and efficient international road system by 2020 to facilitate international transport and solidify connectivity among countries along the Belt and Road.

China will advance china belt and road initiative transport infrastructure construction along the Belt and Road, improve customs clearance efficiency and strengthen emergency rescue capabilities to facilitate international transport, according to a circular jointly released by eight central departments.

The move aims to develop economic corridors with countries along the Belt and Road, reduce cross-border transport costs and improve transport services and efficiency, Wang Shuiping, a senior official of the Ministry of Transport, said during a press conference yesterday.

Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road is an infrastructure and trade network to link Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.

Regions along the Belt and Road account for 63 percent of the global population and 29 percent of the global economy, statistics show.

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