Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Kabul: The Press Office of the Prime Minister has published a newsletter saying that Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Administrative Deputy of the Prime Minister, met with Zhao Xing, the Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, in the Citadel.
Abdul Salam Hanafi, while welcoming Mr. Jao Shing, expressed his hope that he will play an effective role in strengthening the relations between Afghanistan and China during his mission in Afghanistan.
The Administrative Deputy of the Prime Minister said that China has had good relations with Afghanistan throughout history and the Islamic Emirate wants to continue it. He added: The policy of the Islamic Emirate is based on mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs and the continuation of bilateral relations with all neighbors, especially China.
Hanafi said in this meeting that Afghanistan is trying to connect with China's "One Belt One Road" project through various corridors.
He also added that unlike some countries that spread negative propaganda to discredit Afghanistan, China's presence and cooperation in Afghanistan has proven this propaganda to be false.
Mr. Jao Xing expressed his satisfaction at the beginning of his mission in Afghanistan and said that China's historical and good relations will continue and after the rule of the Islamic Emirate, it is moving towards improvement in all fields.
The Chinese ambassador appreciated the national security and added that we are moving forward with the Islamic Emirate in various fields based on the policy of mutual respect and non-interference.
The Chinese ambassador, on his part, assured of any cooperation with the Islamic Emirate and said that we are supporters of permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan and we work together and consultatively to include Afghanistan in major economic projects.
Revival of the Silk Road; What is the grand project of "Belt and Road Initiative"?
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a long-term transcontinental policy and investment program that aims to develop infrastructure and accelerate the economic integration of countries along the historic Silk Road.
This initiative was unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 and is known as "One Belt, One Road" until 2016. The "Belt and Road Initiative" promotes the connectivity of the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa and its adjacent seas, establishes and strengthens cooperation between countries along the path of One Belt, One Road, creates comprehensive, multi-layered and hybrid communication networks.
The "Belt and Road Initiative" is a global megaproject, but due to its location on the historical Silk Road, it has a special focus on Asia, East Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, which includes countries with emerging markets. Currently, 71 countries are participating in this initiative, which accounts for one-third of the gross domestic product and two-thirds of the world's population.
"Belt and Road Initiative" has designed three initiatives that are related and complementary due to the strategic integration of the regions under this plan:
1) The Silk Road Economic Belt, which is a long-term land perspective for Eurasian infrastructure development and economic cooperation, includes six development corridors, which are: 1) New Eurasian Land Bridge Economic Corridor (NELBEC), 2) China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (CMREC), 3) China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor (CCWAEC), 4) China-India-China Peninsula Economic Corridor (CICPEC), Bangladesh-China Economic Corridor India-Myanmar (BCIMEC) and 6) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
2) The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road connects China to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, India, the Arabian Peninsula, Somalia, Egypt and Europe and includes the South China Sea, the Malacca Strait, the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea.
3) The Polar Silk Road In 2018, the Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China committed to actively participate in Arctic affairs in an official report (white paper) titled "China's Arctic Policies". This document is a blueprint for China's strategy in the Arctic and the development of the Arctic Silk Road under the Belt and Road Initiative agenda.