Building Xiamen into an international shipping hub is conducive to
higher levels of opening-up of the coastal provinces and inland areas in
Southeast China, noted Xia Xianpeng, president of the Xiamen Maritime
Xia, also a CPPCC member from Fujian, made the remarks in an
interview with People.cn on the sidelines of the annual political
consultative session in Beijing.
Xia, along with three other CPPCC members, in a proposal to the
nation's top political advisory body, called for more support in
promoting Xiamen, a port city in Fujian, as an international shipping
Xiamen achieved increasing global recognition on the back of hosting
the BRRICS summit last year, Xia said, which is a boon for the city's
international hub construction.
He pointed out that there is still a long way to go for Xiamen to
meet planned national standards, adding that the city's business
climate, customs clearance and investment and trade facilitation all
require further optimization.
Xia offered his suggestions for dealing with these problems.
More efforts should be put into building Xiamen into a maritime
service base for Southeast Asian countries, a home-port for cruises, and
an international shipping service provider, he said.
Meanwhile, he advised related authorities to ease market permits in
the sector, allowing domestic and foreign companies to operate shipping
services including finance, insurance and chartering in the city.
"The international hub status, once achieved, will make the city a
pivotal point connecting China with the countries involved in the Belt
and Road Initiative and a beachhead in advancing cross-Straits economic
cooperation and exchanges," Xia commented.
In 2017, Xiamen Port maintained its growth momentum despite a general
slack picture in the industry globally. The port's throughput hits
10.38 million TEUs in the year, ranking it 14th in the world.