Foreign trade of China's Sichuan up 14.4 pct in first three quarters******
CHENGDU, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Southwest China's Sichuan Province saw the value of its imports and exports in the first three quarters of this year grow 14.4 percent to nearly 670 billion yuan (about 104.2 billion U.S. dollars), local authorities said Monday.
The province recorded its foreign trade value at about 196.6 billion yuan, 222.4 billion yuan and 250 billion yuan in the first, second and third quarters, respectively, which points to the momentum of its import and export growth, according to customs authorities in Chengdu, the provincial capital.
The robust export growth is mainly attributed to the rise of international commodity prices against the backdrop of the recovery of the global economy and trade, said Pan Xudong, head of the statistics and analysis department of Chengdu Customs.
In the first nine months, the foreign trade contributed by Sichuan's electronic-information industry logged about 475.6 billion yuan, up 11 percent year on year.
The development of electronic information, new-energy batteries and other industries in clusters also helps optimize the structure of the province's foreign trade and accelerate the transition of its driving forces, Pan added. Enditem
Australia advises caution overseas when border opens Monday******
Australia advised its nationals traveling overseas yesterday to "exercise a high degree of caution" as it prepares to open its borders for the first time in 19 months.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reinstated its travel advice for 177 countries and territories ahead of fully vaccinated Australians becoming free to travel from Monday.
No destination has been given a risk assessment lower than the second-tier warning: "Exercise a high degree of caution."
The vast majority of Australian permanent residents and citizens have been stranded in the island nation since March last year by some of the most draconian pandemic restrictions of any democracy. They had to request exemptions from the ban and demonstrate exceptional circumstances. Most requests were rejected or approved too late for Australians to reach death beds or funerals. Travel to and from Australia for tourism has not been allowed.
A few categories of citizen, including public servants on government business, were exempt from the international travel ban.
International travel will be initially restricted to Sydney's airport because New South Wales has the highest vaccination rate of any state. More than 86 percent of the population of Australia's most populous state aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated, and over 93 percent of the target population had received at least a single shot.
Initially only Australian permanent residents and citizens will be free to travel. Fully vaccinated foreigners traveling on skilled worker and student visas will be given priority over international tourists.