Shanghai, China's economic hub, launched a freight train service to Hamburg, Germany on Tuesday, marking the first cross-border railway service between Shanghai and Europe.
The "Shanghai Express" is loaded with 50 containers with cargoes such as apparels, auto parts, solar panels, tableware, furniture, daily necessities, machine parts and lamps.
It will leave China via the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and arrive in Hamburg about two weeks later.
According to Shanghai Customs, trains along this route will run regularly every week, while new routes will be opened, providing new logistics options for enterprises at home and abroad.
According to China Railway, Europe-China freight trains have made a total of 10,030 trips in the first 8 months of the year, up by 32 percent.
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China's independently developed AG600 large amphibious aircraft performed a flight at the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Airshow China 2021, which opened Tuesday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
The aircraft displayed its capabilities of aerial water-dropping by opening the hatch door underneath and dropping nine tonnes of water during the flight.
Code-named Kunlong, the AG600 is a key piece of aeronautical equipment in China's emergency rescue system.
It completed its maiden flight from land in 2017, its first takeoff from a water reservoir in 2018, and its first sea takeoff in 2020.
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Strasbourg, 29 September 2021 - At the invitation of the authorities of Georgia, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will deploy a mission to observe the local elections on 2 October in 64 municipalities. The mission will be headed by David Eray (Switzerland, EPP/CCE, R), and involves 18 Congress observers from 15 countries. It is part of a joint observation together with the OSCE/ODIHR and the European Parliament.
The deployment on the ground on Election Day will be preceded by preparatory meetings in Tbilisi on 30 September and 1 October including representatives of the diplomatic corps, domestic and international NGOs and the media. The Congress delegation will also meet the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, Mr Giorgi Kalandarishvili, and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Head of Inter-Agency Task Force for Free and Fair Elections, Mr Tornike Cheishvili.
Together with the delegation from the EU Parliament a briefing with the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Core Team and with long-term observers will be organised. The preparatory programme will be rounded off by meetings with candidates running in the local elections and party representatives, as well as members of the Georgian delegation to the Congress.
On polling day, nine Congress teams will be deployed to different cities, towns and adjacent rural areas across the country.
The mission will be concluded by a joint press conference with OSCE/ODIHR and the European Parliament on Sunday, 3 October 2021, at 15:00, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace.
We ensure free, fair and transparent elections, which is essential for Georgia and our European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at a meeting held with Albert Johnson, OSCE/ODIHR Observation Mission Chief today.
The Head of Government of Georgia thanked Albert Johnson for the engagement in the monitoring of local elections of Georgia irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic and noted that the role of ODIHR in the transparency and fairness of elections is appreciated.
The Prime Minister of Georgia noted that similar to the previous year, regulations issued by the Ministry of Health will be fully complied with for COVID-free elections to be held nation-wide. According to the Head of Government of Georgia, specific protocols have been developed by taking into account the challenges caused by the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of international observers. Irakli Garibashvili once again highlighted that the ruling team closely cooperates with observation organizations to make sure that all conditions are created for comprehensive and effective implementation of their mandate.
Irakli Garibashvili and Albert Johnson reviewed the parliamentary elections of 2020, which were declared as held in a competitive environment, by protecting every fundamental freedom and results reflecting the will of Georgian people, according to the international observation missions, including OSCE/ODIHR. Thus, for the first time in the recent history of Georgia 9 political parties went beyond the threshold in 2020 and obtained mandates to represent their electorate in the parliament of the country.
The Head of Government of Georgia noted that free and fair elections are the main basis of democracy and authorities fully understand the significance of the approaching local elections. The ruling team is fully mobilised to hold free and transparent elections in compliance with international standards. Authorities are taking every step required to ensure equal conditions for all, so that no questions are left unanswered and no groundless political speculations remain.
According to Irakli Garibashvili, apart from OSCE/ODIHR, authorities invited observers from a number of other international organizations, including the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), European Parliament (EP), OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), National-Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI).
Press Service of the Government Administration
Vaccination process against COVID-19 has been initiated at the Asylum Seekers Reception Center of the Migration department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs as part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s global campaign -"No one is safe until everyone is safe".
The vaccination process was personally attended by the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs - Ekaterine Tikaradze and Head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia - Kemlin Furley. The Guests were hosted by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs – Aleksandre Darakhvelidze and familiarized with work specifics of the Asylum Seekers Reception Center.
Beneficiaries were voluntarily vaccinated with a vaccines produced by different countries in a specially arranged mobile laboratory, equipped with appropriate medical necessities, which ensures that the vaccination process and its follow-up period are carried out in a safe environment.
The Global Vaccination Campaign was initiated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Secretary-General - Antonio Guterres across the world. The purpose of the campaign is to facilitate the access to the COVID-19 vaccine for refugees and asylum seekers to ensure their relevant health protection.
Press Service of the MIA