Russia, China speed up construction of second railway line at Zabaikalsk-Manchuria crossing
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Russian Railways (RZD) and China Railways signed an agreement on comprehensive strategic cooperation on Thursday, RZD reported.

According to a report of Interfax, the companies have agreed to accelerate the implementation of the project to build a second main rail line with a gauge of 1435 mm at the Zabaikalsk-Manchuria border crossing.

Both sides are to develop existing rail border crossings between Russia and China and infrastructure on the approaches to them; to promote the development of mail and e-commerce cargo shipments on regular container trains; increase shipments of frozen meat and poultry products in refrigerated containers; and to increase shipments of grain cargo to China via the Zabaikalsk-Manchuria crossing, including loading at the Zabaikalsk grain terminal.

The document was signed in Beijing following a meeting between RZD CEO Oleg Belozerov and China Railways Chairman Liu Zhenfang during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China.

The companies are also discussing increasing freight traffic between the two countries.

“We are seeing high growth rates in freight shipments on services with China. In the first quarter, total shipments through our railway border crossings and ports increased by 8.2% year-on-year to 42.5 million tonnes,” Belozerov was quoted as saying in the press release.

 

Source: interfax