Ningbo-Zhoushan Port has been listed as a key point in Belt and Road Initiative on March 28 according to the Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road published by the Chinese authorities.
The Belt and Road Initiative, namely the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping first in 2013.
The resulting official document prepared by China's top ministries about the initiative underlines the importance of the port construction in 15 coastal cities, namely Ningbo-Zhoushan, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhanjiang, Shantou, Qingdao, Yantai, Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Haikou and Sanya.
The action plan outlines the principles, plans and actions to build the "Belt and Road" and emphasizes building transport routes connecting major sea ports along the "Belt and Road" with Fujian province becoming the core area.
As a highly export-oriented province, Zhejiang is an important part of the Maritime Silk Road in history, with its coastal cities Ningbo and Zhoushan serving as departure ports. Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, bearing geo-economic importance, now is one of the largest ports in terms of its cargo handling capacity, which totaled at 873 million tons last year.
Chen Xiaoping, vice chairman of the Zhejiang provincial CPPCC suggested during his recent investigation research in Ningbo and Zhoushan that city government should speed up its efforts in the construction of "Belt and Road", optimize the harbor resources allocation and promote the Ningbo-Zhoushan integration.(Source:Chinadaily.com.cn)