The first Chinese-produced metro train has commenced its commercial run in Porto, Portugal, marking a notable advancement in China's presence in the global rail transit equipment industry and a significant stride in Sino-European transportation collaboration. This event also bears the distinction of being the first instance of a Chinese-made metro train operating in the European Union.
Enhancing Public Transportation
The introduction of the new Chinese-built train into Porto's metro system is expected to bolster public transportation in the city. Manufactured by China's CRRC Tangshan, the train arrived in Porto at the close of 2022. The Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, inaugurated the service by taking a ride on the first day of its operation. The new addition is anticipated to contribute significantly to the modernization of Porto's rail network.
Significance of Sino-European Collaboration
This milestone represents a crucial step in the field of rail transport collaboration between China and EU countries. It comes amid a period of escalated diplomatic engagement between the two powers as they attempt to navigate post-pandemic recovery and mend strained ties. Several commissioners from the EU have visited Beijing to restart high-level dialogue, a testament to the efforts being made to bridge their differences.
Addressing the Trade Imbalance
In addition to the transportation collaboration, the leaders of China and the European Union have been engaging in talks concerning their disputes over trade subsidies and the deep divide over the war in Ukraine. The European Union has been urging China to improve market access as part of their efforts to address the annual trade imbalance of more than 200 billion between the two sides. The launch of the Chinese-made metro train in the EU might well be a step in the right direction in these ongoing negotiations.