An online meeting was held on Aug 3 to promote cooperation and exchanges between companies from Shandong province and Russia.
Shandong's trade with countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative rose 4.4 percent year-on-year to 292.33 billion yuan ($41.67 billion) in the first half of this year, local authorities said on July 23.
Freight rail trips between Shandong and Europe and Asia totaled 740 in the first six months, up 40.4 percent year on year, said the Information Office of Shandong Provincial People's Government.
Jinan, East China's Shandong province, has opened six international air freight lines in the first half of the year, local media reported.
The Jinan-based construction company Shandong Hi-Speed Group started construction on its second expressway project in Serbia on June 17.
Shandong plans to launch two new China-Europe freight train routes within this year.
Shandong province has been revving up international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative with more cooperation platforms and channels, local officials said.