Liaoning aims to be gateway to N-E Asia

Dalian port, the most northern ice-free port, can operate year-round, even during China's frigid winter months. It is at the heart of Liaoning's plans to be the logistics and trading hub of the North-east Asia region, moving goods from Japan and Sout
Dalian port, the most northern ice-free port, can operate year-round, even during China's frigid winter months. It is at the heart of Liaoning's plans to be the logistics and trading hub of the North-east Asia region, moving goods from Japan and South Korea that arrive at the port to Europe via a railway network.ST PHOTO: CHONG KOH PING

Chinese province seeks to ease trade flows between Japan, Korea and Europe through Dalian port

A more stable Korean peninsula, warmer Sino-Japanese ties, and the potential opening of North Korea could be the impetus for China's north-eastern province of Liaoning to crank up its economy.

Local officials told visiting reporters recently that a more stable North-east Asia will help China's rust belt move up a gear economically. They are also optimistic that a pilot free trade zone (FTZ) across three of the province's cities - Shenyang, Yingkou and Dalian - will speed up efforts to revitalise the province and its surrounding area.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Liaoning aims to be gateway to N-E Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe