“Belt and Road” initiative gives a boost to China-Kyrgyzstan cooperation

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By XieYahong, Zhou Hanbo from People’s Daily

The “Belt and Road” initiative, since it was put forward by China in 2013, has been highly echoed by Central Asian nations, the origin of the Silk Road Economic Belt. Kyrgyzstan, an important cooperation partner of China, also benefits from its strong support to the proposal.

The “Belt and Road” initiative, which has been high on China’s agenda, is also a “key word” of the 2017 government work report delivered by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the opening meeting of the 5th session of the 12th National People’s Congress.

“Rapid progress was made in pursuing the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, and a number of major projects and industrial-capacity cooperation projects with other countries were launched,” the report said.

“As we pushed ahead with the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, we worked to increase complementarity between the development strategies of, and practical cooperation between, China and other countries along the routes,” Li added.

An in-depth implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative, according to Li, also contributed to faster emergence of new growth poles and growth belts.

Central Asian nations, also the first stop of the overseas section of the Silk Road Economic Belt, have been enthusiastic towards their economic and political cooperation with China, among which Kyrgyzstan can be seen as a forerunner.

The "Datka-Kemin" 500kV power transmission line, which was built by the Chinese company TBEA, has provided the Kyrgyz people with more convenient access to electricity and helped the country gain its highly sought-after energy independence.

At the closing ceremony of the project held in August 2015 in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz President AlmazbekAtambayevpraised the Chinese workers for their dedication.

Local Kyrgyz public were also happy about the completion of the project that represents a profound friendship between two peoples.

Kyrgyz experts, political heavyweights and business sectors also believed that China-Kyrgyzstan practical cooperation was bolstered since the “Belt and Road” initiative was put forward.

ZiyadinZhamaldinov, deputy of the JogorkuKenesh of Kyrgyzstan, told the People’s Daily that China has so far offered 1.8 billion yuan of aids and over 1.8 billion dollars of loans to his country since 1992.

Under the new circumstance, Kyrgyzstan will make every effort to inject new vitality into the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt, he added.

Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Xiao Qinghua said that as China-Kyrgyzstan ties are now standing at a new historic starting point under the strategic guidance of both heads of state, the “Belt and Road” initiative will open a broad prospect for both countries to intensify mutually beneficial cooperation and pursue common development.

“China will continue to lend a helpful hand to Kyrgyzstan for its economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood, and believes that bilateral ties will certainly embrace a better future,” he pledged.

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