November 05, 2009

China-Russia Border May Open to Private Cars

The governors of Heilongjiang Province in China and Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East want to open the border and allow private cars to cross freely. The idea is one of several proposed by a delegation from the Chinese city of Mudanjiang to Vladivostock. Mudanjiang is an important industrial city midway between Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang, and Vladivostock. Mudanjiang has a metro population of close to 3 million, a large airport, and a developing tourism industry around its mountains and lakes.

Of immediate concern to the Chinese delegation is regular air service between the cities. As recently as 2003 there were 2 flights a day between Mudanjiang and Vladivostock although the flilghts were chartered only on the Chinese side and the planes were small (under 50 passengers). For reasons unknown to this writer they were suspended (weak demand?). China-Russia trade and development has tremendous potential. This region is close to the Tumen River development zone as well so it is an area to watch....

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