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International cargo route from Kyrgyz capital to China opens

Kyrgyz haulers engaged in international freight transportation from the cities of Bishkek and Osh in Kyrgyzstan can now enter the cities of Kashgar and Urumqi in China, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Transport and Roads reported on Tuesday.

A pilot convoy of eight empty trucks with international drivers departed on Monday for Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in a planned four-day trip.

On their maiden journey, the drivers are asked to report any problem on the way.

The opening of the two international freight routes, namely the Bishkek-Kashgar-Urumqi and Osh-Kashgar-Urumqi routes, was inked on Nov. 17, 2016 between a Kyrgyz transport delegation and its Xinjiang counterpart in Urumqi.

Earlier Kyrgyz haulers could only reach the China-Kyrgyzstan border.

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