The 7th China-Eurasia Fair was held on September 19-22 in Urumqi, the center of China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The fair broke a record in the history of the China-Eurasia Fair in terms of the number of participating countries and the results achieved at the fair.
In his congratulatory message to the fair, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that the Eurasian continent has development dynamism and potential, and noted that this continent is an important area of global cooperation on the construction of the Belt and Road.
Xi stated that by taking advantage of the geographical advantage of the Xinjiang region in recent years, it has accelerated its work to become the core region of the Silk Road Economic Belt, helping to strengthen the comprehensive link between China and Eurasian countries.
The 7th China-Eurasia Fair has received intense support from the international community. The main guest country of the fair is Kazakhstan President Kasım Cömert Tokayev, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, leaders of countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, as well as officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization via video at the opening ceremony. gave a speech.
32 businesses from 3 countries participated in the fair online. The number of cooperation projects signed during the fair reached 597. The total value of the signed contracts exceeded 448 trillion yuan. This amount broke a record in the history of the fair.
The efficiency of the fair is also an indication of the great successes Xinjiang has achieved in the last 10 years in its efforts to open up.
First, Xinjiang is located in the heart of the Eurasian continent and is one of the important crossroads of the historical silk road. Xinjiang has now been integrated into the overall pattern of China's westward opening, fulfilling its regional expansion strategy. In the past 10 years, Xinjiang region signed 25 cooperation agreements with 21 countries and international organizations, and established trade relations with 176 countries and regions. Xinjiang has invested in more than 60 countries, and 4 overseas economic cooperation zones have been established. The total volume of Xinjiang's cross-border trade with Renminbi reached 329 billion 300 million yuan.
Second, continuous progress has been made in Xinjiang's extensive infrastructure connectivity with the outside world. The highway connecting Xinjiang to European countries was put into service. The number of bilateral international transport highways serving in Xinjiang has reached 118. Xinjiang ranks first in China in terms of both the number of roads and the total length of international shipping highways. The number of cross-border international optical cables in Xinjiang has increased to 26. A versatile comprehensive connection network consisting of highway, railway, civil aviation, power line and communication was basically established.
Third, the construction of Xinjiang's cooperation and outreach platforms has been accelerated. The construction of the China-Europe cargo train hub at Urumqi International Land Port is under development. Kasgar and Korgas economic development regions achieved double-digit growth in terms of major economic indices such as fixed capital investment, export-import volume. The development of the border gate economy in Xinjiang also continues steadily.
On the other hand, thanks to the effective measures taken in the fight against terrorism and religious extremism, there have been no terrorist attacks or acts of violence in Xinjiang for 5 years. While social cohesion and stability is ensured in Xinjiang, the economy is developing rapidly and citizens from different ethnic groups live together in harmony. All this gave great assurance to the organization of the Sino-Eurasian Fair.
The congratulatory message sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the 7th China-Eurasia Fair gives direction to the growth of Xinjiang in the coming period. In his speech at the opening ceremony of the fair, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif said, “We are very happy with the rapid development of Xinjiang. I believe that Xinjiang will play a leading role in China's economic integration and comprehensive linkage process with neighboring countries.” he said.
With the holding of the China-Eurasia Fair, China's Xinjiang region will have more development dynamism. Along with other countries, China will strengthen its economic cooperation with Eurasian countries, spread the spirit of the historical silk road, and contribute more to the creation of humanity's common destiny community.