Xinjiang sees an increase in trade with SCO member states


BISHKEK (TCA) — China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region saw 107.9 billion yuan (about 15.5 billion US dollars) of imports and exports with member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the first half of 2019, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on August 4.

During the period, Xinjiang’s exports to the SCO member states reached 65.41 billion yuan, up 4.3 percent year on year, while its imports totaled 42.52 billion yuan, up 13 percent, according to Urumqi Customs.

The main exports to the SCO member states via Xinjiang are mechanical and electrical products, textiles, clothing and footwear, while crude oil and natural gas are the main import commodities.

The major trading partners of Xinjiang among the SCO member states are Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. The inland port of Alashankou and the Khorgos Port in Xinjiang (at the border with Kazakhstan) are the major trading ports, according to the customs.

The SCO was established in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined the organization as full members in 2017.

Sergey Kwan