Pak-China Corridor to get infrastructure support from Xinjiang BY Muhammad Zamir Assadi Bureau Reporter

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BEIJING, Oct. 19 (INP): Xinjiang autonomous region will be a major hub providing infrastructure support to Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC), said senior CPC Party delegates who are here to attend the 19th session of People Congress.

The CPEC is a pilot and major project of the Belt and Road Initiative that was being received highest priority.Following the policy-guideline by President Xi Jinping for advancing Belt & Road, the government of Xinjiang was focusing on policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bond.

They said, Xinjiang is aiming to become a traffic hub, a commercial logistics center, a financial center, a cultural, scientific and educational center, and a medical service center in the region, insists on attaching equal importance to bringing in and going out strategies, and promotes opening up to both domestic and foreign markets, so as to further accelerate the building of Silk Road Economic Belt.

They added, “first is to build Xinjiang into a traffic hub through infrastructure connectivity in the region. We will make full use of Xinjiang’s geographical advantages, work on corridors and projects of key and system-wide significance, speed up construction of railways, highways and civil aviation, to put in place a well-connected and accessible transportation network of high efficiency.

Second is to build Xinjiang into a center of commerce and logistics and improve its external economic and trade cooperation level. We will speed up putting in place a well-functioning system of commerce and logistics, increase the number of direct cargo trains from Urumqi to major European cities, and develop Xinjiang into a center of China-Europe international cargo train service. A total of 749 cargo trains by far have made west-bound trips, and the Urumqi International Overland Port has been under full construction.

Third is to build Xinjiang into a center of cultural, scientific and educational center to promote cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchange. We will continue to expand external cultural exchange and cooperation, and stage cultural events like China Xinjiang International Dance Festival and China Eurasia Expo-Chinese and Foreign Cultural Display Week.

Forth is to build Xinjiang into a center of medical service and promote international medical cooperation. We will establish international medical service & cooperation – exchange centers in Xinjiang with Urumqi as the main base, and prefectural key medical institutions playing auxiliary role. We will actively carry out international medical services, diagnosis and treatment featuring TCM and ethnic medicines, and services of telemedicine and medical tourism.

Fifth is to build Xinjiang into a regional financial center and enhance it financing strength. We will try to establish a financial landscape with Urumqi as the center and Yili and Kashgar the sub-centers, and make effort to develop Xinjiang as China-Central Asia international financial center that serves Central-West-South Asia.

Sixth is to speed up the congregation of ten desired industries (machinery and equipment export, light industrial product, textile and garment export & processing, building materials export and manufacturing, chemical products export and processing, metallic products export and processing, information service export, imported oil & gas processing, imported mineral resources processing, processing of imported agro-forestry-livestock products) in Xinjiang. We will nurture a batch of high-tech for-export products of fairly high added value, and spare no effort to develop industries oriented towards countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt, and thus elevate the overall level of Xinjiang’s external trade.

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