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China and Central Asia discussed the development of the Silk Road
28 October, the second China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum was held in Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province in East China, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The main theme of the forum is China-Central Asia: the development and ascent of the Silk Road. The participants discussed the issues of relations between China and the Central Asian countries and their practical cooperation, the joint construction of the economic belt of the Silk Road, and reached consensus on a wide range of issues.
About 150 people took part in the forum, including representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local governments, chambers of commerce and industry, business and scientific circles, media of China and five Central Asian countries, as well as diplomatic representatives of the Central Asian states in China.
In recent years, China and Central Asian countries have established interstate relations of a new type, characterized by friendship and mutual assistance between neighboring countries and mutually beneficial cooperation among developing countries. The participants of the forum expressed readiness to strengthen political contacts, develop transport communications, ensure uninterrupted trade, strengthen the sphere of monetary circulation, promote the rapprochement of the peoples of the region for the continuous deepening of relations and practical cooperation between China and Central Asian countries.
After the closure of the forum, its participants will make a study tour of the city of Yiwu, known as the global center for small goods.
The current forum is organized by the Committee of Neighborhood, Friendship and Cooperation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Government of Yiwu City. The first forum was held in 2012, now it has become a platform for cooperation between China and Central Asian countries at the state level.