On 27 September, the Chinese city of Xi’an hosted a Forum of Friendship of China and Centra Asia states in online and offline formats under the main theme “Continuation of traditional friendship and deepening of people’s cooperation,” Xinhua reports.
Within the framework of the forum, several humanitarian initiatives have been started, including the opening of the China-Kazakhstan Center for Traditional Medicine, the Center for Agricultural Cooperation between China and Central Asia and the Integrated Demonstration Park of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies of China and Central Asia.
In addition, the Education and Training Program and the Poverty Reduction and Agricultural Development Program have been officially launched.
The event was attended by more than 200 representatives from China and five Central Asian states.
The Forum has become a platform for discussing the prospects of cooperation in such areas as healthcare, archeology, protection of cultural heritage, education and youth exchanges.
The event resulted in the adoption of the Xi’an Declaration, which states that the parties are willing to improve the quality and level of cooperation, announce new sister cities, and strengthen cooperation and exchanges in areas such as modern agriculture, Silk Road archeology, and education in order to promote the building of a closer community of a shared destiny of China and Central Asia. ///nCa, 2 October 2022