Belt and Road Initiative makes prosperous countries along routes
OUR CORRESPONDENT BEIJING—”The Belt and Road Initiative brought up by China will help countries along their routes walk out of crises and be prosperous again,” said Seylbek Musataev, a professor with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, during a recent media interview.
Many countries have expressed strong interest in participating in the Belt and Road construction, and the number of countries echoing the initiative is increasing, said the professor.
According to the expert, there are many similarities between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Kazakhstan’s “Bright Road” new economic policy proposed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, as both are laying great emphasis on infrastructure construction.
The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt that links China with Europe through Central and Western Asia by inland routes, and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road connecting China with other Asian countries, Africa and Europe by sea routes. It is a development strategy and framework that focuses on inter-connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Eurasia.
In recent years, within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, Kazakhstan and China have jointly implemented some construction projects of transportation, and have built schools, hotels, hospitals and enterprises along the route of the Belt, promoting development of local commerce and economy, said Musataev.
Kazakhstan’s Khorgos Eastern-Gate land port is now open, with cargoes from China and other Asia Pacific countries passing through the port and entering Russia and Europe, bringing huge economic benefits to Kazakhstan, Musataev told Xinhua.
In 2015, the number of container shipments from China to Europe via Kazakhstan increased remarkably, reflecting positive results from the two countries’ joint efforts in promoting the development of the Belt and the Road, he added.
Meanwhile, China and Kazakhstan have been cooperating actively with each other in the construction of the Western Europe-Western