The Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan co-organized the second forum of analytical centers "China + five Central Asian countries".
The meeting of experts dedicated to the search for new ways and formats of joint development is taking place on November 8-9 in a hybrid format with a central platform in Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent his address to the participants of the meeting. Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov and Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Zhang Ming addressed the delegates with a welcoming speech.
On the first day, the ambassadors of the countries of the region to China, including the head of the Turkmen diplomatic mission Parakhat Durdiyev, also spoke, and then the floor was given to the heads of the national research centers of the political and diplomatic profile of the six countries.
The experts presented in detail and in various aspects a vision of how China's relations with each of the Central Asian states and the region as a whole will and should develop in the new era.
The rich experience and promising prospects of Turkmen-Chinese cooperation were outlined in his report by the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Jumamyrat Gurbangeldiyev.
He noted that today Central Asia, as a region with huge natural resources, especially energy, as well as geopolitical and geo-economic advantages, is increasing its importance in the system of international relations.
An increasing number of States are interested in including the Central Asian countries in the orbit of cooperation. Over the past 20 years, the phrase "Central Asia+" has become widely used in political terminology.
China was one of the first to show interest in the "Central Asia+" format. The success of such a dialogue is evidenced by the fact that the trade turnover between China and the Central Asian countries has increased 100 times in the last 30 years. A new goal has been set – to bring the mutual trade turnover to 70 billion US dollars by 2030.
With regard to cooperation between Turkmenistan and China, which has the largest economy in the world, the speaker identified three main lines: the political sphere, energy and transport in the context of the revival of the Great Silk Road.