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China helps Afghanistan tackle humanitarian, economic crises

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KABUL: China has ramped up its measures to help Afghan people tackle an ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis by opening an air corridor for agricultural trade.

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu said on Sunday that a train with more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid departed China’s Xinjiang region, heading to Afghanistan.

“Train with more than 1,000 tons humanitarian aid departed China’s Xinjiang, which includes bread, milk tea powder, cotton-padded clothes, cotton shoes and blankets. Since July, the China-Afghanistan trains carried more than 2,600 tons of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan,” Wang tweeted.

Wang had earlier posted pictures of the arrival of the first batch of aid, mainly warm materials such as blankets and cotton clothes, on September 30.

China has also started an air corridor for agricultural trade with Afghanistan, which would increase Afghan farmers’ income and drive economic mobility in Afghanistan, promoting domestic economic development.

Wang tweeted on Sunday that so far, there have been 10 flights carrying Afghan pine nuts to China and flights will continue, with dry fruits the next priority.

“China will unswervingly expand opening-up, and share its development opportunities with Afghanistan and wider world,” the Chinese ambassador wrote.

China has always worked to promote Afghanistan’s agricultural products, including almonds and saffron, for export to China to help increase the income of Afghan people.

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