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CHONGQING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality saw 7,596 truck departures via its cross-border highway freight service by the end of September since its launch, said local authorities.
The service had delivered 17,091 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers by Sept. 30, with a total cargo weight of some 123,600 tonnes worth about 4.47 billion yuan (about 698 million U.S. dollars), said the Chongqing highway logistics base.
Launched in April 2016, Chongqing's cross-border highway freight service mainly caters to countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It massively reduced transportation time compared with sea freight.
Via the service, auto and motorcycle parts made in Chongqing and surrounding regions are transported directly to Southeast Asia. Grain, oil, and timber produced in Southeast Asia are transported to Chongqing before reaching other parts of China.
The freight service currently operates nine routes to ASEAN countries and Central Asia. Enditem
Mixed days for Chinese competitors in Badminton World Championships******
MADRID, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- There were mixed results for the Chinese players in the TotalEnergies BWF Badminton World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Wednesday.。
14th seed Wang Zhiyi progressed to the third round thanks to a 21-7, 2-17 win over Germany's Yvonne Li in women's singles, but the results were less good in the various doubles tournaments.。
The men's pairing of Hi Jiting and Tan Qiang fought their way back from a set down to overcome the English duo of Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood. After losing the first set 21-16, the Chinese pair recovered their form and composure and move into the last 16 thanks to winning the last two sets 21-12 each.。
Ou Xuanyi and Zhang Nan couldn't follow their compatriots into the next round and went out of the competition after a mammoth battle against the number four seeds, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik from Malaysia.。
The Malaysian duo sneaked the first set 21-18, before the Chinese duo fought back to take a tense second set 22-20, before Chia and Yik showed their experience to win the final set 21-16.。
Guo Win Wa and Zhang Shuxian also went out in the mixed doubles after they were beaten by the Danish pairing of Mathias Christiansen and Alejandra Boje, 21-16, 17-21, 21-14, in a match where an improved second set gave the Chinese duo hope of winning through, only for their rivals to come back strongly to qualify.。
In women's doubles, China's 10th seeds, Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu moved into the last 16 with a 21-9, 21-14 triumph over the Thai pairing of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard.。
However, the other Chinese pairing of Lui Xuanxuan and Xia Yuting had less fortune as the number 14 seeds were knocked out of the tournament 21-11, 9-21, 21-13 in an entertaining match against India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N Sikki. Enditem。