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China’s Xi debuts major development plan with Allies in Central Asia

XIAN: China’s President Xi Jinping outlined an ambitious plan on Friday to advance Central Asia’s development to the next level while avoiding “external interference” at the same time. The plan includes constructing infrastructural networks and promoting trade.

Xi said in a speech at the China-Central Asia Summit in northwest China that China is ready to coordinate development strategies with the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and make joint efforts to promote the modernization of all six countries.

The world requires a Central Asia that is secure, successful, peaceful, and interconnected, according to Xi.

Xi also urged the six nations to maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, separatism, and extremism while rejecting “external interference” in the internal affairs of other nations in the region and attempts to spark “color revolutions”.

China is prepared to assist Central Asian nations in building up their law enforcement, security, and defense capabilities, according to Xi.

Chinese state media has portrayed the two-day summit in the historic Silk Road city of Xian as a success of China’s regional diplomacy, with the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan earlier promising support for Beijing and deeper bilateral cooperation.

The public display of trust from China’s neighbors will aid to refute US charges that Beijing is using coercive diplomacy.

While Moscow’s attention is still firmly fixed on the conflict in Ukraine, Xi’s convening of five heads of state on Chinese soil without Russian President Vladimir Putin also theoretically draws Central Asia closer to the Chinese sphere of influence.

According to Xi, China, and Central Asian nations should strengthen their strategic mutual trust and continuously provide “clear and strong support” for one another on matters pertaining to their shared basic interests, such as those pertaining to sovereignty, independence, national pride, and long-term development.

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