BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) — Foreign experts spoke highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech on China’s foreign policy toward Central Asia, referring to the Silk Road economic belt he proposed as a grand cause benefiting regional countries.
Xi, currently in Kazakhstan for a state visit, proposed that China and Central Asia join hands to build a Silk Road economic belt to boost cooperation, in a speech delivered at Nazarbayev University on Saturday.
The Silk Road boasts a three-billion population and a market that is unparalleled both in scale and potential, said Xi, urging relevant parties to facilitate trade and investment and remove barriers.
Andrey Devyatov, deputy director of the Institute for Russia-China Strategic Interaction, said Xi’s speech lifted cooperation between China and Eurasian countries to a new height.
Xi’s proposal on constructing a Silk Road economic belt will bring the region into world focus, he said.
Nazari Pariani, editor in chief of Afghan leading newspaper the Daily Mandegar, said that China’s new Central Asia policy “to build a Silk Road economic belt to boost cooperation” would benefit the whole region including Afghanistan.
“Since Afghanistan is located in Central Asia and a neighbor to China, it can enormously benefit from China’s new Central Asia policy,” Pariani said. “Since the Silk Road is passing through Afghanistan, the revival of its historic position can help Afghanistan act as a bridge between Central, East and South Asia.”
He added that his country can play a significant role in enhancing trade and economic cooperation in the region.
Developing communication network, building roads, highways and railways and linking Afghanistan to the neighboring nations would help the countries in the region stabilize their economies and achieve self-sufficiency, Pariani said.
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