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Modern Silk Road links China, Kazakhstan

By  Cui Jia and Zhao Shengnan (China Daily)

08:44, December 09, 2011

Border trade thrives but visa problems, customs rules are hitting small vendors very hard, Cui Jia and Zhao Shengnan report from Xinjiang and Kazakhstan.

Turson Yeermanhan rushed to the customs office as soon as it opened in a cold winter morning in Horgos, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Behind him he dragged a trolley loaded with large cardboard boxes filled with baby clothes, toys, vegetables and Christmas decorations.

The 25-year-old is among hundreds of small traders who live on the border between China and Kazakhstan.

Economic relations between the two countries have the advantage of more than proximity. There is mutual benefit in the flow of oil and natural gas from west to east, and of goods from east to west.

The Kazakhstanis "cannot live without us. Almost everything they use comes from China", Turson said.

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