By HT Reporter
Kathmandu, Oct 19: The eighth China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum concluded in Lanzhou, capital of Northwest China’s Gansu Province on October 17.
The Forum released a joint initiative aiming at more profound and practical openness and cooperation among participators. With “Strengthen Solidarity and Cooperation for Building a Community of Security and Development” as its theme, the forum was co-hosted by the Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Committee of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the People’s Government of Gansu Province.
“We call on countries and international organizations present at the Forum to continuously deepen trade and economic cooperation and improve modern logistics under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit, so as to translate high-level political mutual trust and economic complementarity into tangible results of pragmatic cooperation to the benefit of all participating counties and their peoples,” stated the joint initiative.
The Forum included four sub-forums covering topics including “China-Central Asia cooperation on China’s BDS” and “green development.” A themed exhibition on China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was also held during the event.
Representatives from China and Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as international organizations, attended the forum online and in person.
Secretary-General of the SCO Vladimir Norov said that the China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum was an authoritative platform for extensive exchanges between China and Central Asian countries.
“It helps strengthen political interaction, deepen the relationship between all parties in ensuring regional security, responding to current challenges and threats”, he said.
The volume of accumulated direct Chinese investments in five countries of the region amounted to about $15 billion in 2020. “A new stage in the advancement of the Belt and Road may be the alignment “point” of China’s development programs with the national strategies of the Central Asian countries,” said Tajikistan’s ambassador to China Saidzoda Zohir.