FIRST HIGHWAY BRIDGE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA IS READY TO LAUNCH**

INTERNATIONAL

The first-ever kilometer-long highway road bridge was unveiled between Russia and China. The bridge links the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk with Heihe in northern China. 

The construction of the bridge was completed two years ago at a cost of 19 billion rubles ($328 million) but the inauguration was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The bridge was constructed over the Amur river to strengthen the ties between the two countries amid Moscow's war in Ukraine. 

From the Chinese side, eight trucks comprising car tyres and electrical equipment components set off for Russia. Further, the bridge would allow cargo turnover between the two countries to reach up to 1 million tonnes per year.

The road bridge was unveiled after a month the construction of the Russian section of the first railway bridge across the Amur river was completed. This rail bridge connects Tongjiang City in the country's northeast province of Heilongjiang and the Russian town of Nizhneleninskoye.

Both the countries have increased their political and economic cooperation over the years due to their wish to counter the global dominance of the United States. 

Trade between Russia and China, which share a 4,250-kilometre border, has flourished since the normalization of relations between the two giants in the late 1980s.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The first-ever kilometer-long highway road bridge was unveiled between Russia and China linking the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk with Heihe in northern China. 
  • The bridge was constructed at a cost of 19 billion rubles ($328 million) over the Amur river to strengthen the ties between the two countries amid Moscow's war in Ukraine. 
  • From the Chinese side, eight trucks comprising car tyres and electrical equipment components set off for Russia. Further, the bridge would allow cargo turnover between the two countries to reach up to 1 million tonnes per year.
  • The road bridge was unveiled after a month the construction of the Russian section of the first railway bridge across the Amur river was completed. 

   Facts to know:

  • Capital of China: Beijing.
  • Currency of China: Renminbi.
  • President of China: Xi Jinping.
  • Capital of Russia: Moscow.
  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin.
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