Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive makes pros­per­ous coun­tries along routes

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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