Qinzhou Port - portal connecting Belt and Road

Qinzhou Port in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region handled 39.09 million tons of cargo in the first half of this year, up 14.7 percent year-on-year; its container handling capacity hit 785,000, up 25 percent.

As one of the most important ports for Chinese trade with Southeast Asia, Qinzhou Port invested more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in infrastructure construction from 2011 to 2015. By the end of 2015, it had 83 quay berths.

The port, which became the sixth bonded port in the country in May 2008, now operates 24 domestic and foreign shipping routes.

In December 2009, the State Council approved Qinzhou Port as the nation's fifth finished automobile import port.

Qinzhou Port aims to become a major international pathway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and an important portal connecting the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, two parts of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

Editor: zhangjunmian