China Reopens Border Gate with Vietnam after Covid closure
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|Trucks seen at Tan Thanh Border Gate in Lang Son Province. Photo: Lao dong (Labour) newspaper|
China has reopened one of its border gates in Guangxi with Vietnam after closing it for several days due to Covid-19 fears.
Trade resumed on August 18 at Tan Thanh Border Gate in the northern province of Lang Son after customs officials of both countries agreed on Covid-19 safety measures.
There are over 1,000 trucks stuck at the gate and another major gate in the same province, Huu Nghi, said Nong Hai Thang, director of border gate management in Lang Son.
"Trucks need to wait two days to pass the gate," Thang was cited by VnExpress as saying.
The delay is caused by China imposing more stringent examinations on vehicles and products to prevent Covid-19 contagion.
|Trucks seen at Tan Thanh Border Gate in Lang Son Province. Photo: VnExpress|
There are 12 big and small border gates in Lang Son.
According to data from China, last year’s two-way trade between Vietnam and Guangxi reached about US$27.08 billion, representing 36.4 % of the latter’s total foreign trade.
Guangxi’s exports to Vietnam accounted for 49.62 % of its global trade while imports made up 19.43 %, making Vietnam its major trade partner. Its trade with Vietnam accounted for 74.18 % of that with ASEAN.
China was Vietnam's second largest export market in the first seven months of ths year with a value of $28.7 billion, up 24 percent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office./.
|Covid-19 testing in Vietnam. Photo: VNA|
Vietnam recorded 8,656 Covid-19 cases from 6pm on August 17 to 6.30pm on August 18, including 12 imported ones.
Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s current largest hotspot, still logged the highest number of new daily infections with 3,731, followed by its neighbour Binh Duong (2,513), Dong Nai (443), Long An (428) and Tien Giang (282). There were 5,935 cases detected in the community.
The number of daily cases saw a decline of 951 from the previous day.
Vietnam has seen a total of 302,101 infections since Covid-19 broke out. The caseload since the fourth wave of outbreaks hit the country on April 27 amounted to 298,064.
on August 18, the country logged additional 298 Covid-19 related fatalities, bringing the death toll to 6,770, or 2.2 percent of the national count.
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