chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: May 16, 2019
1.Port with a long history
A trade report by Hughes, commissioner of Xiamen Customs, in 1864 states, “Xiamen is a linkage between Chinese market and the Southern market”. (Note: The Southern market includes current Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.)
2.A major gate of Chinese mainland to the sea
Xiamen has Taiwan Strait on its east, Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions on its south and north, and Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, and wide space along the Beijing-Kowloon Railway on its west.
3.A pivotal city for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road strategy
According to the Belt and Road Initiative, Fujian province is regarded as a core area for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Xiamen is a linkage between the Maritime Silk Road and the Silk Road. It is working on enhancing cooperation in key areas such as interconnection, economy and trade, marine industry, and culture, and it strives to develop into a pivotal city for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road strategy.
4.A stronghold for cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation
It is the only special economic zone in Chinese mainland that was established because of Taiwan. It was approved to try out a reform to deepen cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation and strives to develop itself into a homeland for Taiwan compatriots and Taiwan enterprises.
5.A pivotal port for international shipping
The Xiamen Port is situated on two international shipping routes: one from the Far East to the Mediterranean and Europe, and one to the North America via Taiwan Strait, covering 129 ports of 48 countries and regions around the world.