|The Bắc Luân II Bridge is expected to promote China- Việt Nam economic co-operation. – VNS Photo: nhandan.com.vn|
Viet Nam News QUẢNG NINH – The opening of the Bắc Luân II Bridge is a promising China – Việt Nam economic co-operation, according to Nguyễn Đức Long, Chairman of Quảng Ninh Province People’s Committee.
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình and Chinese ambassador to Việt Nam Hong Xiaoyong attended the bridge’s opening ceremony in Móng Cái City yesterday.
The bridge measures 154.5m long on the Vietnamese side and 463.5m on the Chinese side, with four lanes.
Built at a cost of VNĐ336 billion (nearly US$14.8 million), the Bắc Luân II Bridge is the largest arch bridge in Việt Nam. As well as the bridge, an 800-m linking road has been completed.
Speaking at the ceremony, Long emphasised the importance of the bridge in tightening economic ties between Quảng Ninh and Guangxi Province and between Việt Nam and China.
The bridge is also expected to prepare for the upcoming China – Việt Nam Cross-Border Economic Co-operation Zone, connect Móng Cái with Dongxing city, and connect Hà Nội – Hải Phòng – Hạ Long – Móng Cái highway with China’s highway system.
The project was approved by Móng Cái City authoritites in 2012, aiming to reduce traffic flow to Bắc Luân I bridge, promote trade and tourism cooperation between Quảng Ninh and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and develop Móng Cái City.
In recent years, China – Việt Nam co-operation has developed, with Việt Nam China’s biggest trade and tourism partner in ASEAN.
Bilateral trade turnover in the first seven months of 2017 reached US$47.21 million, up 12.36 per cent compared to the same period last year. — VNS