‫21ویں صدی کی چھٹی میری ٹائم سلک روڈ نمائش اور 25ویں کراس سٹریٹس میلے کا فوزو میں افتتاح پہلی بار دو معزز مہمانوں کے ہمراہ  ہوا

فوژو، چین، 19 مئی، 2023 /ژنہوا-ایشیاء نیٹ/– 18 مئی کو، 21 ویں صدی کی چھٹی میری ٹائم سلک روڈ نمائش اور 25 واں کراس سٹریٹس میلہ (جسے بعد میں بطور حوالہ “18 مئی” کہا گیا ہے) کا فوزو میں آغاز ہوگیا۔ اس سال بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ انیشیٹو کی 10 ویں سالگرہ منائی جا رہی ہے، اور آرگنائزنگ کمیٹی کے مطابق، “18 مئی” کے پروگرام میں پہلی بار دو معزز مہمانوں کو دیکھا گیا، جو انڈونیشیا اور ارجنٹائن ہیں۔

ارجنٹائن کے نمائشی علاقوں میں ارجنٹائن کی صنعتی ترقی، سیاحت کے وسائل، فٹ بال کلچر، سرمایہ کاری کا ماحول اور دیگر شامل تھے۔

21ویں صدی کی چھٹی  میری ٹائم سلک روڈ نمائش اور 25ویں کراس سٹریٹس میلے کا ایک نظارہ

اس نمائش میں مجموعی طور پر انڈونیشیا کے 35 کاروباری اداروں کو اعلیٰ درجے کی مینوفیکچرنگ، سیاحت کی صنعت، زیورات، موسمی چٹنی، قومی لباس، روایتی دستکاری، مصالحہ جات، پھل، پرندوں کے گھونسلے، کافی، کینڈی، بسکٹ، جھینگے کریکر، انسٹنٹ نوڈلز، جیلی اور انڈونیشیائی خصوصیات کے ساتھ دیگر مصنوعات کی نمائش کے لیے مدعو کیا گیا تھا۔

اس سال، فوزو کے وفد نے انڈونیشیا کے دورے پر دوست شہر کے ساتھ دوطرفہ تبادلوں اور تعاون کو فروغ دینے کے لیے گہرائی سے اقتصادی اور تجارتی مذاکرات کیے ہیں۔ دونوں فریقوں نے 55.7 بلین چینی یوآن کی مجموعی سرمایہ کاری کے ساتھ خوراک، صاف توانائی، نئے سامان، ٹیکسٹائل اور دیگر صنعتوں کے 26 منصوبوں کے معاہدوں پر مہر ثبت کی۔

“18 مئی” کی اہم سرگرمیوں میں سے ایک کے طور پر 17 مئی سے 19 مئی تک فوجیان بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ انیشی ایٹو کی نیشنل بزنس ایسوسی ایشن آف 2023 کی اقتصادی اور تجارتی تبادلے اور تعاون کا انعقاد فوزو میں ہوا۔

باہمی فائدے اور برابری کے تعاون کے موضوع کے ساتھ، اس تقریب میں ایتھوپیا، کینیا، میانمار اور ازبکستان سمیت 14 ممالک کے غیر ملکی نمائندوں کو مدعو کیا گیا تھا جن میں بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ انیشی ایٹو نیشنل بزنس ایسوسی ایشنز اور چین-سی ای ای سی بزنس کونسل شامل ہیں۔

تقریب کے دوران، فوزو، کوآنزو، سانمنگ، لانگیان، ننجدے اور فوجیان صوبے کے دیگر شہروں نے 21ویں صدی کی میری ٹائم سلک روڈ ایکسپو اور مقامی خصوصیات والی صنعتوں کے لیے خصوصی پروموشنز کیں۔

ماخذ: میری ٹائم سلک روڈ ایکسپو اور کراس سٹریٹس میلے کی آرگنائزنگ کمیٹی

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 The Sixth 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Exposition and the 25th Cross-Straits Fair Opened in Fuzhou with Two Guests of Honor for the First Time

FUZHOU, China, May 19, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On May 18, the Sixth 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Exposition and the 25th Cross-Straits Fair (hereinafter referred to as “May 18”) opened in Fuzhou. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, and the “May 18” event has for the first time seen two Guests of Honor, which are Indonesia and Argentina, according to the Organizing Committee.

The exhibition areas of Argentine featured Argentina’s industrial development, tourism resources, football culture, investment environment, and others.

A Glance at the Sixth 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Exposition and the 25th Cross-Straits Fair

A total of 35 Indonesian enterprises were invited to show high-end manufacturing, tourism industry, jewelry, seasoning sauces, national clothing, traditional handicrafts, spice products, fruit, bird’s nest, coffee, candy, biscuits, prawn crackers, instant noodles, jelly and other products with Indonesian characteristics in the exhibition.

This year, the Fuzhou delegation carried out in-depth economic and trade negotiations to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation with the friendly city when they visit Indonesia. The two sides sealed contracts for 26 projects covering food, clean energy, new materials, textiles, and other industries with a total investment of 55.7 billion Chinese yuan.

As one of the important activities of “May 18”, the Economic and Trade Exchange and Cooperation of the National Business Association of 2023 Fujian Belt and Road Initiative was held in Fuzhou from May 17 to May 19.

With the theme of Mutual Benefit and Win-win Cooperation, the event invited foreign representatives from 14 countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar and Uzbekistan of the Belt and Road Initiative National Business Associations and China-CEEC Business Council.

During the event, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Sanming, Longyan, Ningde and other cities in Fujian Province made special promotions for the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Expo and industries with local characteristics.

Source: The Organizing Committee of the Maritime Silk Road Expo and the Cross-Straits Fair

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Are China and Russia competing in Central Asia? A view from Beijing

Chaired by President Xi Jinping, the China-Central Asia Summit invites the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to gather and attend the meeting in the historic city of Xi’an, China on 18 and 19 May.

As the first major diplomatic event hosted by China this year, and the first in-person summit between China and the five Central Asian nations since the establishment of diplomatic relations over three decades ago, the significance of this summit cannot be overstated.

The summit holds the promise of ushering in a new era of China-Central Asia relations and fostering enhanced stability and development prospects in the region, and it is unfortunate that certain media outlets have chosen to persist with the narrative of China-Russia competition in Central Asia.

With the tumultuous withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, coupled with Western powers lagging in their economic and strategic engagement in Central Asia, it is undeniable that China has emerged as a more significant player in the region. However, does China’s growing presence in Central Asia pose a threat to the interests of any power, including Russia?

The answer is no. Such a claim not only dismisses the diplomatic wisdom of Central Asian countries, but also shows a misunderstanding of the very essence of China’s foreign policy towards both Central Asian countries and Russia. Moreover, it seeks to sow discord and strain in the amicable relations between China, the Central Asian countries, and Russia.

The five Central Asian countries are independent and sovereign nations, entitled to engage and reach cooperation agreements with any party that can bring concrete benefits.

In a recent interview with CGTN, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was asked about the concerns raised by some observers over China’s increasing involvement in Central Asia and its potential impact on the geopolitical balance. In his response, Tokayev emphasized that “there should be no suspicions” in this regard. He said that the intentions of China and Central Asian countries are “open and sincere.” He further pointed out that China has already emerged as the world’s second-largest economy with a substantial economic magnitude, and therefore it’s imperative to recognize China’s significant position and foster positive relations with the country.

Moreover, in a joint statement issued by the leaders of China and five Central Asian states on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties last year, the six nations emphasized the establishment of a model for international relations based on mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation.

The statement highlighted several key points. Firstly, the six nations firmly support each other on matters of vital national interest, including independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Meanwhile, China and the Central Asian countries have successfully resolved historical border issues through peaceful negotiations. Their efforts have transformed the shared border of over 3,300 kilometers into a friendly and cooperative boundary, serving as a positive example for peaceful resolution of territorial disputes among nations.

Secondly, trade and investment between China and the Central Asian countries have experienced rapid and steady growth, injecting a strong impetus into the economic and social development of all six nations. China is the largest trading and investment partner of the five Central Asian countries, with trade reaching a record high of $70.2 billion US dollars in 2022, compared to $460 million in 1992 when diplomatic relations were established. By the end of 2022, China’s direct investment in Central Asia had exceeded $15 billion.

In addition, all parties actively promote the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with their national development strategies. Notably, they have completed numerous mutually beneficial projects, such as the China-Kazakhstan oil pipeline, China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline, China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan highway, China-Uzbekistan Pengsheng Industrial Park, and China-Tajikistan-Uzbekistan highway. These projects have greatly benefited the people of the region.

Lastly, China and the five Central Asian countries have effectively collaborated in combating the “three evil forces” – violent terrorism, ethnic separatism, and religious extremism. Their joint efforts include opposing external interference and collectively safeguarding regional peace and stability.

Those achievements underscore the positive and fruitful relationship between China and Central Asian nations, showcasing their shared commitment to building a cooperative, prosperous, and secure future for the region. However, China-Central Asia cooperation does not come at the expense of Russia’s interests. Rather, China’s presence in the region has enhanced the mutual benefits and shared interests of all parties, including Russia.

Economically, trade between China and Russia surpassed $190 billion in 2022, marking a significant increase of 116% over the past decade. Facing Western sanctions and pressure, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted at his meeting with President Xi in March that trade and economic cooperation between Moscow and Beijing remain a priority for Russia.

Furthermore, considering Russia is a major destination country for migrant workers from Central Asia, primarily Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, its economic cooperation with the world’s second largest economy can have positive impacts on Central Asian migrant workers in terms of employment opportunities, skill training, ultimately improving their livelihoods and wellbeing.

On safety and security matters, both China and Russia share a common interest along with the Central Asia region.

Geographically, three out of the five Central Asian countries, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, share borders with China. Russia has long regarded the region as its traditional sphere of influence and a strategic buffer zone, and thus prioritized ensuring the security of its southern border. Therefore, a safe and secure Central Asia aligns with China and Russia’s respective national interests.

In the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis, Central Asia has emerged as a battleground for the West’s strategy to contain and weaken Russia. Although Central Asian countries have adopted a neutral stance on the situation, Russia’s influence in the region remains strong and is unlikely to be largely disrupted.

There are several factors that contribute to this situation. For instance, Russia’s defense capabilities continue to play a crucial role in maintaining stability in the region. Secondly, Central Asian nations heavily rely on Russia for labor migration, market access, transportation, and energy resources, which reinforces Russia’s importance to their economies. Lastly, the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) continues to play a vital role in regional economic integration.

On the other hand, China’s core stance on the Russia-Ukraine crisis has been consistent and clear, which is that it’s on the side of peace. In February, the Chinese foreign ministry released a 12-point position paper on a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis, reflecting China’s comprehensive approach to addressing the crisis.

In March, leaders of China and Russia jointly called for an end to actions that escalate tensions and prolong fighting, aiming to prevent the crisis from worsening or spiraling out of control. They also expressed opposition to any country or group of countries seeking advantages in military, political, or other domains at the expense of the legitimate security interests of other nations.

President Xi’s recent phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signifies China’s willingness to engage directly with the relevant stakeholders. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy thanked China for providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcomed China’s important role in restoring peace and seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

As a follow-up to the Xi-Zelensky call, Chinese envoy Li Hui, who is China’s former ambassador to Russia and Special Representative for Eurasian Affairs, has embarked on a ‘peace tour’ this week to Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany, and Russia. By dispatching Li, China has highlighted its proactive role in promoting dialogue and finding a political solution.

Moreover, during the summit in Xian, leaders of China and Central Asian nations will reportedly discuss the Ukraine issue, as the situation is considered a “major international and regional issue,” according to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Wednesday.

China did not create the Ukraine crisis, nor is it a party to it. But, these actions showcase China’s dedication to maintaining regional stability and contribution to international efforts aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis peacefully.

It’s interesting to note that the schedule of the China-Central Asia Summit in Xian happens to overlap with the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Japan this week. The China-Central Asian Summit promotes cooperation, inclusivity, mutual benefit, non-interference, and long-term commitment. The US-led G7, in contrast, has been perceived as a forum consisting of a limited group of major industrialized countries. This has raised concerns about exclusion, limited representation of emerging economies, and the imposition of its agenda and values on other countries, which can lead to tensions and division.

In summary, the relationship between China, Central Asia, and Russia is characterized by cooperation, mutual benefit, and respect for each other’s interests. And the China-Central Asia Summit will further enhance stability and boost regional integration. This collaborative approach contradicts the zero-sum mentality preferred by some in the West as all involved parties work together to achieve shared goals and contribute to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

Source: Russia Today

Poland ‘concerned’ about closeness of ?hina and Russia

Poland’s deputy foreign minister told China’s special envoy, Li Hui, on Friday that Warsaw disapproves of the growing relationship between Beijing and Moscow.

“Poland notes with concern Beijing’s declarations concerning its persistent will to strengthen its bilateral relations with Russia, the aggressor state,” the Polish Foreign Ministry said, according to a readout of the meeting.

Deputy Minister Wojciech Gerwel also told the Chinese diplomat that “any military aid, including the potential supply of weapons from China to Russia, may result in a grave [sic] consequences for the bilateral relationship between Europe and China.”

Li, in his capacity as Beijing’s special envoy for Eurasian affairs, is on a week-long tour in Europe to promote a political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. He told Gerwel that China stands behind the 12-point roadmap for peace it had unveiled in February. Li argued for a ceasefire and peace talks, and said the current situation in Ukraine is not in anyone’s interest.

According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, Gerwel said it is unacceptable to “equalize the status” of the aggressor and the victim, and that China must “exert pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the principles of international law.”

Li was in Kiev on Thursday, meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The Chinese diplomat reiterated that Beijing is willing to serve as a peace broker to help reach a political resolution to the conflict.

The Chinese envoy’s itinerary will take him to France next, followed by Germany and Russia. He will also visit the EU headquarters in Brussels, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

“China stands ready to continue to promote talks for peace and make China’s contribution to the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis,” Wang told reporters at the daily briefing in Beijing on Friday.

In March, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. During his trip, Xi said that the friendship between the countries was growing “day by day.”

Source: Russia Today

PM Shehbaz strongly condemns suicide attack on convoy of JI Chief

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the suicide attack on the convoy of Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq.

In a statement on Friday, he expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the incident.

The Prime Minister prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls and also commiserated with the bereaved families.

Ordering a thorough probe into the incident, Shehbaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to provide the best medical facilities to the injured.

Source: Radio Pakistan