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"Gaining Strength from Unity and Cooperation"-On President Xi Jinping's Visit to Central Asia in Summer 2019
2019-06-17
BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Title: "Gaining Strength from Unity and Cooperation"-On President Xi Jinping's Visit to Central Asia in Summer 2019
 
Huo Xiaoguang and Hao Weiwei, journalists from Xinhua News Agency
 
President Xi Jinping set out again just four days after returning to Beijing from his Russia trip with full results of his visit.
 
From Bishkek in the Chu River Valley to Dushanbe in the Guisard Valley, from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, there are five days and four nights, two state visits, two summits and nearly 40 bilateral and multilateral activities.
 
The time and space coordinates of history become clearer and clearer---
 
The international situation is stormy, with no major changes in a century and profound evolution. The trend of the times of peace, development, cooperation and win-win needs to be infused with more powerful positive energy.
 
At a critical moment, President Xi Jinping led China's new diplomatic planning bureau and set a new course.
 
  National Integrity to Deepen Brotherhood
 
More than a month ago, President Xi Jinping met with Kyrgyz President Zheenbekov and Tajik President Rahmon who were in China to attend the 2nd "Belt and Road" International Cooperation Summit Forum and the opening ceremony of the Beijing World Horticultural Exposition.
 
After more than a month, Xi met our two old friends in Central Asia again.
 
Friends get closer, neighbors are more intimate.
 
Despite the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Summit, which is full of events and issues, President Zheenbekov, as the host of the summit, went to the airport to greet President Xi Jinping. He said, "I have been looking forward to your visit for a long time."
 
Upon President Xi Jinping's arrival at his place where he stayed in Kyrgyzstan, Zheenbekov invited President Xi to his official residence to exchange friendship.
 
A kind of crusty pancake, sausage with horsemeat, jam... A tea party with Central Asian characteristics was relaxed and cordial.
 
President Xi Jinping said, "I am very happy to be a guest at my old friend's house. This is my second visit to Kyrgyzstan after six years. "
 
In September 2013, President Xi Jinping paid his first state visit to Kyrgyzstan. China and Kyrgyzstan announced the establishment of a strategic partnership. In June 2018, President Zheenbekov visited China successfully, and the two heads of state jointly opened a new chapter of China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership.
 
Sincere trust, win-win cooperation and mutual support.
 
President Xi Jinping used the image of "good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers" to position China's relations with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
 
Tajikistan's President Rahmon also looked forward to President Xi Jinping's visit.
 
In September 2014, President Xi Jinping paid his first state visit to Tajikistan, accompanied by President Rahmon for nearly 10 hours. "Good brothers must go forward hand in hand!" 
 
Our friendship is a development community and a security community.
 
In 2013, China and Tajikistan established a strategic partnership. In 2017, the strategic partnership between China and Tajikistan was upgraded to an all-round strategic partnership ... 
 
On June 14, when President Xi Jinping visited Tajikistan again, President Rahmon withdrew from the busy business of organizing the CICA summit and made a special trip to the airport to meet him. He recalled President Xi Jinping's visit five years ago and warmly welcomed his old friends on behalf of the government and people of Tajikistan.
 
On the morning of the 16th, President Rahmon saw President Xi off at the airport again. President Xi Jinping said affectionately, "Every time I visit here is like visiting relatives. It is very pleasant."
 
---On the eve of the visit, the two events seemed coincidental and had profound meaning.
 
One was the launch of the first volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China in Kyrgyz and the seminar on governance in China and Kyrgyzstan. President Zheenbekov personally attended and spoke:
 
"President Xi Jinping is one of the most influential politicians in the present and future," "By reading this book, you can have a deeper understanding of President Xi Jinping's thoughts and the policy propositions of the Chinese Communist Party, and understand China's development logic, development mode and development achievements."
 
When Zheenbekov met President Xi Jinping in Bishkek, he once again mentioned Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, he said, "This book is of great significance for us to learn from China's valuable experience and promote Kyrgyzstan's own reform and development."
 
Another was the launch of the Tajik version of the first volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China and the seminar on governance in China and Tajikistan. President Rahmon sent a letter of congratulations, "Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping's strategy, China has made great achievements in economic, social, scientific and technological fields, and its achievements and prestige in the international arena are remarkable."
 
During the trip to Central Asia, whether during a state visit or at multilateral meetings, leaders of many countries expressed their congratulations to President Xi Jinping on the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China and admiration for China's achievements in reform and opening up.
 
---Two medals to witness friendship and look forward to the future.
 
The "Manas" medal, named after the Kyrgyz national hero Manas, is Kyrgyzstan's highest national medal. President Zheenbekov put the "Manas" Class I Medal on President Xi Jinping's chest and said, "Thank President Xi Jinping for his special contribution to the development of Kyrgyzstan-China comprehensive strategic partnership. I believe this visit will open a new chapter in Kyrgyzstan-China relations."
 
In response, President Xi Jinping said, "President Zheenbekov awarded me the' Manas' Class I Medal, which fully reflects the profound friendship of the Kyrgyz people towards the Chinese people, and I cherish it very much."
 
"Crown Medal" is Tajikistan's State Supreme Medal. When President Rahmon decorated President Xi Jinping, all the guests clapped warmly and rhythmically.
 
President Rahmon highly appreciated President Xi Jinping's positive contribution to the development of bilateral relations and expressed his willingness to lead the further development of bilateral relations with President Xi Jinping.
 
---Two statements to consolidate friendship and write a new chapter.
 
During his visit, President Xi Jinping signed joint statements of China-Kyrgyzstan and China-Tajikistan on further deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership with President Zheenbekov and President Rahmon respectively.
 
New blueprint and new deployment. China-Kyrgyzstan and China-Tajikistan comprehensive strategic partnership has stepped to a new level.
 
For the benefit of the people, to develop the "Belt and Road" together
 
On the eve of the visit, President Xi Jinping published a signed article in the local mainstream media, explaining the silk road stories of China-Kyrgyzstan and China-Tajikistan.
 
"Belt and Road" connects the common historical memory and the common desire for development.
 
Since the 1990s, Central Asia has been exploring the road to modernization. The co-constructing the "Belt and Road " has given Central Asian countries new impetus and new hope to speed up the industrialization process.
 
Building the "Belt and Road" has become the main line of cooperation between China and Kyrgyzstan and between China and Tajikistan.
 
During the visit, a special event and a special ceremony were unforgettable.
 
President Xi Jinping and President Zheenbekov witnessed the exchange of a number of bilateral cooperation documents in the fields of economy and trade, investment, quarantine, agriculture and other fields in the first floor of the conference center of Bishkek's Aralcha State Guesthouse.
 
President Xi Jinping said that China would continue to support Kyrgyzstan's economic and social development and work with Kyrgyzstan to implement more livelihood projects such as drinking water, roads and hospitals.
 
At the fifth meeting of the heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia, "Belt and Road " has always been a key topic. President Putin said Russia was willing to strengthen the docking cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the "Belt and Road " and Mongolia's "Grassland Road" plan. President Battulga said that Mongolia was committed to promoting the trilateral cooperation within the framework of the Medium-term Road Map for the Development of Sino-Russian-Mongolian Tripartite Cooperation and the construction of the Sino-Mongolian-Russian Economic Corridor.
 
A few days ago, Tokaev was elected President of Kazakhstan, and President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory telegram in the first place. The two leaders met in Bishkek and talked about the topic of deepening the economic belt of the Silk Road and linking up with the new economic policy of the "Light Road". Earlier, in an interview with Russia News, President Tokaev made it clear that the initiative to build a "Belt and Road " was of special significance to Kazakhstan.
 
President Xi Jinping's meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is the third in the past eight months. Premier Imran Khan said that Pakistan was firmly pushing forward the construction of the Pakistan-China economic corridor and would take effective measures to provide security.
 
During his visit to Belarus in 2015, President Xi Jinping, accompanied by President Lukashenko, inspected the China-Belarus Industrial Park. Since then, the two heads of state have exchanged views on the construction of the industrial park every time they meet. This time, Lukashenko once again said that Belarus actively supports the co-construction of the "Belt and Road" and was willing to work with China to build the White-China Industrial Park.
 
"'Belt and Road' is very important to Turkey. Turkey is willing to actively participate in co-construction and cooperation." Turkish President Erdogan told President Xi Jinping.
 
Six years ago, during his visit to Central Asia, President Xi Jinping put forward the idea of building a Silk Road Economic Belt. Over the past six years, the initiative to build a "Belt and Road " has attracted a large number of supporters and a wider circle of friends. Entering a new era, the ancient Silk Road is increasingly full of vitality.
 
Peace for the World: Meeting Opportunities and Challenges Together
 
President Xi Jinping's visit to Central Asia is a model trip for neighboring countries to get along with and cooperate with each other in the region.
 
Speaking of China-Kyrgyzstan relations, President Xi Jinping said that the international community had set a new model of state-to-state relations featuring mutual respect, equal cooperation and mutual benefit. On China-Tajikistan relations, President Xi Jinping pointed out that the international community had set a good example of friendly cooperation between countries of different systems, civilizations and sizes. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, and the two major summits of the two major organizations had been held consecutively, which were also of exemplary significance. In today's world, protectionism and unilateralism were on the rise, the cold war ideological trend was resurgent, the "Clash of Civilizations" theory is on the rise, and various bullying acts have seriously impacted the current international system and the norms of international relations ... uncertainties in the regional situation have increased dramatically. How to choose and act?
 
A day later, the 5th CICA Summit opened at the Nahuruz Palace on Dushanbe Youth Lake.
 
President Rahmon greets world leaders in the welcome hall of Nauruz Palace. Along the long red carpet, President Xi Jinping entered the hall. The two leaders shook hands tightly and walked into the stone painting hall side by side. Leaders of all countries took a group photo to frame another important moment in the development history of CICA.
 
In the Golden Hall of the Nagong Palace, colorful flowers competed with each other and the Ashin family gathered together. President Xi Jinping was the first foreign leader to make a speech and put forward five propositions on promoting the construction of an Asian community of destiny and jointly opening up a new situation of Asian security and development:
 
---Building an Asia of mutual respect and trust is our common expectation;
 
---Building a safe and stable Asia is our common goal;
 
---Building a prosperous Asia is our common vision;
 
---Building an open and inclusive Asia is our common pursuit;
 
---Building a cooperative and innovative Asia is our common need.
 
A year ago, in Qingdao, China. At the 18th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State, President Xi Jinping systematically elaborated on the concepts of development, security, cooperation, civilization and global governance, adding a new era connotation to the "Shanghai Spirit". Over the past year, member countries have been guided by the "Shanghai spirit" to promote cooperation in various fields and push the SCO to achieve new development at a new starting point.
 
Five years ago, in Shanghai, China. At the fourth CICA summit, President Xi Jinping put forward to practice a new security concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable, and to explore a security and development path in line with Asian characteristics and the common interests of all countries. All parties responded positively. At this Dushanbe summit, a new security concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable was written into the declaration of the summit.
 
From Qingdao to Bishkek, from Shanghai to Dushanbe, President Xi Jinping's China proposition has always played a leading role, and China's pragmatic and honest style has set an example for all parties.
 
During the two summits, President Xi Jinping met with Kazakh President Tokaev, Iranian President Rohani, Indian Prime Minister Modi, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Afghan President Ghani, Belarusian President Lukashenko, Qatari Emir Tamim, Turkish President Erdogan and other leaders to talk about bilateral cooperation, regional and international hot spots and jointly make a firm voice in safeguarding multilateralism and building an open world economy. Afghan President Ghani said that China's proposal to build a community of human destiny and support the process of economic globalization was a model for promoting the construction of a new type of international relations in the 21st century. The Albanian side thanks China for its positive role in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and regional peace and stability.
 
Emir from Qatar said Qatar highly valued China's fair stand in the international arena to resolve differences between countries through dialogue and was willing to closely coordinate with China in multilateral affairs.
 
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The great tajik poet Rudaki once wrote, "Wise men pursue kindness and peace, while fools are addicted to quarrels and wars."
 
The international situation is stormy, but the trend of the times of peace, development, cooperation and win-win is irreversible. President Xi Jinping's exemplary journey of advocating peace and promoting cooperation will definitely leave a deep mark in the history of international relations.
 
The world will finally get enlightenment: get strength from unity and cooperation!