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Ministry: China invests 3.9 trillion yuan in transport infrastructure in 2023


China continued to further accelerate the high-quality development and modernization of its transport networks in 2023, the Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday.

For the entire year, the country saw fixed-asset investment in the transport system totaling 3.9 trillion yuan ($548.7 billion), Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng told a press conference.

A total of 2,776 kilometers of high-speed railways were opened, and 7,000 kilometers of expressways were built or expanded last year, Li said.

The country added or improved 1,000 kilometers of shipping lanes, and the number of airports stood at 259. The country has to date ensured the availability of postal services in all administrative villages.

Enhancing transportation services

Preliminary statistics show that 54.75 billion tonnes of freight volume were transported in 2023, up 8.1 percent year on year and up 16.9 percent compared to 2019, Li said.

A total of 61.25 billion personnel trips were recorded across regions, a year-on-year increase of 30.9 percent and an increase of 0.8 percent compared to 2019, he said.

Advancing smart and green transportation

China's scale of automated container terminals built and under construction continued to rank first in the world. New energy vehicles accounted for 77.6 percent of the urban public transportation vehicles, Li said.

In addition, the country's first domestically built large cruise ship "Adora Magic City" was put into operation on January 1, 2024. The C919, the first domestically produced passenger jet, has also been officially put into commercial operation.

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