Lianyungang Hosts the 5th China—Central Asia Cooperation Forum Wang Qinmin Attends and Addresses the Opening Ceremony

updated on: 2017-08-03  source:

  The 5th China—Central Asia Cooperation Forum was held in Lianyungang on 2nd August. Wang Qinmin, Vice Chairman of CPPCC, Achilbay Ramatov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, and Azim Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Wu Zhenglong, Governor of Jiangsu also addressed the ceremony.


  The event has attracted over 200 people from the governments, the business community, think tanks, civil societies, the media, the foreign missions in China and the five countries in Central Asia, as well as representatives of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Themed as “building bridges for Silk Road cooperation and jointly promoting peace, development and prosperity”, the event has witnessed heated discussions on bilateral relationship and regional cooperation between China and the Central Asian countries, and has reached broad consensus.


  In his speech Wang Qinmin said that over the 25 years since the diplomatic relationship was established between China and the five countries in Central Asia, a new type of relationship among nations and a paradigm of regional cooperation has emerged as we have seen stronger political trust, mutually beneficial cooperation including cooperation of security and safety, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and closer international coordination. At the moment, our joint effort in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative has come to the top of our agenda in the cooperation between China and countries in Central Asia. Some initial successes have already been seen in infrastructure, energy, industry, agriculture, investment and other sectors. China would like to renew the effort, by grasping this opportunity as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, to bring such relationships to a new stage by further enhancing political trust, the Belt and Road Initiative cooperation, cooperation in law enforcement security, international coordination, as well as creating programs that would benefit the goodwill of our peoples.


  Achilbay Ramatov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Azim Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan and other representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan all spoke highly of the China—Central Asia cooperation. They expressed willingness to extend political trust and reciprocal cooperation, and thrive for better development of win-win relationship by leveraging the precious opportunity brought by the Belt and Road Initiative.


  Wu Zhenglong expressed welcome to all the guests and made a brief introduction to Jiangsu’s economic and social development. He said that Jiangsu would follow the thrust of President Xi Jinping’s important instructions, making concerted effort in building the Lianyungang—Khorgos new Eurasian land bridge a showcase program to serve the Belt and Road Initiative for strategy dovetailing and complementary cooperation between China and countries in Central Asia, and highlighting trade extension, investment cooperation, promotion of connectivity, cultural and people-to-people exchanges for a brighter future of mutual benefit.


  Attendees made a fact-finding tour in Lianyungang to learn about its economic and social development after the Forum.


  The Forum was jointly sponsored by Good-neighborly Cooperation Committee of SCO and Lianyungang Municipal Government. Since its inception in 2012, this Forum has become an effective platform for dialogues and cooperation between China and Central Asia.


  Prior to the opening ceremony, Wang Qinmin met with Achilbay Ramatov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, and Azim Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, respectively.


  Commissioned by Party Secretary Li Qiang, Wu Zhenglong met with Achilbay Ramatov and Azim Ibrahim respectively, to talk about enhancing pragmatic cooperation in multiple sectors between Jiangsu and the two countries.


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