In news–Recently, China opened the first sea-road-rail transport link to the Indian Ocean.
About Road-rail transport link
- It provides a new sea-road-rail link to Chengdu (China) with the Indian Ocean via Yangon (Myanmar).
- A “test cargo” through what is being called the China-Myanmar New Passage arrived at the Chengdu rail port in Sichuan province in August.
- This passage connects the logistics lines of Singapore, Myanmar and China, and is currently the most convenient land and sea channel linking the Indian Ocean with southwest China.
- The new railway line that runs from the border town of Lincang to Chengdu, a key trade hub in western China, completes the corridor.
- It saves the journey of around 22 days.
- China also has plans to develop another port in Kyaukphyu in the Rakhine state, including a proposed railway line from Yunnan directly to the port.
- Plans are underway to develop Chin Shwe Haw as a “border economic cooperation zone” under the Belt and Road Initiative.
- Chinese planners have also looked at the Gwadar port in Pakistan as another key outlet to the Indian Ocean that will bypass the Malacca Straits.
- Gwadar is being developed as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to the far western Xinjiang region, but has been slow to take off amid concerns over security.