GLOBALink | Relocation benefits both humans and birds in Asia's biggest wetland

Published in CHINA
Wednesday, 14 September 2022 12:38

Five years ago, human and birds fought for land and fish at Asia's biggest wetland, Zhalong National Nature Reserve. Now some 200 families have relocated to make space for endangered species of birds. Follow us to the nature reserve in northeast China to check out how people and birds are living a better life.

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The Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian countries are committed to the transformation of the CICBM

Published in World
Friday, 10 June 2022 21:50

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asian States visited the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICBM) in Nur-Sultan. Among the high-ranking guests are Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbek Kulubayev, Acting The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, the Minister of Transport of Tajikistan Azim Ibrohim, as well as the heads of diplomatic missions of the CICBM member states, according to the website of the international forum.

The Executive Director of the CICBM, Ambassador Kairat Sarybai, informed about the approaches to the transformation of the CICBM into a full-fledged international organization - the Organization for Interaction and Cooperation in Asia.

He noted that the transformation into an Organization will reflect the increased role of Asia in global issues and will bring the interaction of Member States to a qualitatively new level of cooperation. The launch of the CICBM transformation process into an international Organization is a key issue on the agenda of the Sixth CICBM Summit, which will be held in October in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Within the framework of the event, a postage stamp cancellation ceremony was held, the issue of which Kazpost JSC timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the CICBM.

The Forum, established in 1992 on the UN platform, unites 27 member states, including Central Asian Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan became an observer in the CICBM in 2021.

Главы МИД стран Центральной Азии привержены трансформации СВМДА

Published in World
Friday, 10 June 2022 21:46

Министры иностранных дел государств Центральной Азии посетили штаб-квартиру Секретариата Совещания по взаимодействию и мерам доверия в Азии (СВМДА) в Нур-Султане. Среди высокопоставленных гостей - заместитель премьер-министра – министр иностранных дел Казахстана Мухтар Тлеуберди, вице-премьер – министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашид Мередов, министр иностранных дел Кыргызстана Жээнбек Кулубаев, и.о. министра иностранных дел Узбекистана Владимир Норов, министр транспорта Таджикистана Азим Иброхим, а также главы дипломатических миссий государств-членов СВМДА, сообщается на сайте международного форума.

Исполнительный директор СВМДА посол Кайрат Сарыбай информировал о подходах к трансформации СВМДА в полноценную международную организацию - Организацию по взаимодействию и сотрудничеству в Азии.

Он отметил, что преобразование в Организацию позволит отразить возросшую роль Азии в глобальных вопросах и выведет взаимодействие государств-членов на качественно новый уровень сотрудничества. Запуск процесса трансформации СВМДА в международную Организацию является ключевым вопросом повестки дня Шестого Саммита СВМДА, который состоится в октябре в столице Казахстана.

В рамках мероприятия состоялась церемония гашения почтовой марки, выпуск которой АО «Казпочта» приурочила к 30-летию СВМДА.

Форум, созданной в 1992 году на платформе ООН, объединяет 27 государств-членов, включая центральноазиатские Казахстан, Кыргызстан, Таджикистан и Узбекистан. Туркменистан стал наблюдателем в СВМДА в 2021 году.

GLOBALink | China dedicated to cooperation in Asia-Pacific region

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 02 June 2022 16:34

China has been dedicated to cooperation with its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region, offering aid projects, assistance and training to countries in the region.

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The President of Turkmenistan received the EU Special Representative for Central Asia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 05 May 2022 13:28

President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received on Wednesday the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Teri Hakala, who arrived in Ashgabat on a visit. As noted during the meeting, Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the further development of partnership with the European Union and regards this visit as an impetus for constructive cooperation.

The Head of State stressed that the opening of the official representative office of the European Union in Ashgabat in 2019 marked a new chapter in Turkmenistan's relations with the EU.

Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Terry Hakala confirmed their interest in expanding cooperation both in the field of politics and in the spheres of economy, ecology and humanitarian affairs.

The joint committee "European Union – Turkmenistan", the formats of the inter–parliamentary dialogue, the dialogue on human rights and the Dialogue "European Union – Central Asia" were called effective platforms for interaction.

Ashgabat and Brussels are actively cooperating in the field of modernization of Turkmenistan's legislation, implementing joint projects in the educational sphere, the digital sector, the agro-industrial complex, water resources management and climate issues.


Published in Economics
Friday, 28 January 2022 12:02

On January 27, 2022, India-Central Asia Summit took place in a virtual format. The Prime Minister of the Republic of India and the Presidents of the Central Asian states attended the high-level meeting.

In his speech, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that the first India-Central Asia Summit would be a kind of reflection of the growing interaction between New Delhi and all the states of this strategic region.

During the high-level meeting, speeches were also made by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zhaparov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan E. Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan G. Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh. Mirziyoyev.

In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan, noting the importance of this anniversary year for the countries of Central Asia and India, which established diplomatic relations 30 years ago, emphasized the beginning of a new milestone in the development of centuries-old ties between our peoples.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also congratulated the leadership of the Republic of India and the entire Indian people on the 75th anniversary of the country's Independence. During this short period by historical standards, India has passed a glorious path equal to centuries, the Head of the Turkmen state added.

Emphasizing that India is a close friend and important partner for Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that India was among the first states in the world to recognize the Independence of Turkmenistan. As was emphasized, the current meeting is designed to bring relations between the countries of Central Asia and India to new frontiers, which have a huge human, industrial, natural, technological potential.

Developing the theme of strengthening regional cooperation aimed at ensuring the peaceful coexistence of countries and peoples, combating new challenges of our time, the President of Turkmenistan noted that ensuring strong and long-term security, maintaining peace and a balance of interests meets the strategic goals of our countries.

In this context, having supported the initiative of a regular Dialogue at the level of Security Advisers, as well as the constructiveness of the idea of the Central Asia-India Parliamentary Forum, the Turkmen side expressed the expediency of creating the Secretariat of the Central Asia-India Summit.

In addition, proposing to establish systemic joint work in international organizations, primarily in the UN, the Turkmen side stated that the new philosophy of international relations “Dialogue is a guarantee of peace”, initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is aimed at uniting all responsible and healthy forces in the global political arena.

The special role of the Central Asia-India Business Council was also emphasized, and the need for further intensification of activities within the framework of this platform was noted. In particular, the importance of consolidating the efforts of the parties in the field of energy was expressed. The countries of Central Asia, known for their rich natural resources, are able to work seriously today on the creation of an energy bridge "Central Asia - India", President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov added.

As is known, at present, Turkmenistan, in cooperation with its partners, is implementing a large-scale energy project of geo-economic and geopolitical significance - the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

The key area of the effective cooperation between India and the states of Central Asia is cooperation in the field of transport. The importance of creating Eurasian transport corridors through Central Asia to sea terminals in the Indian Ocean was especially noted here. In this regard, the importance of the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-Qatar transport corridor project was emphasized.

The Summit also stressed the need to further consolidate efforts aimed at developing medical diplomacy and combating the threat of the spread of coronavirus. In this regard, the Leader of Turkmenistan proposed to consider the issue of establishing the Central Asia-India Medical Association, one of the main goals of which could be the fight against infectious diseases.

We consider the expansion of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere as an opportunity to strengthen good neighborliness, rapprochement and mutual understanding of our peoples, the President of Turkmenistan added.


GLOBALink | China continues to contribute to global economic security, sustainable development

Published in CHINA
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 17:25

CHANGSHA, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The first Global Economic Development and Security Forum (GEDS) of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is held from Oct. 18 to 20 in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province.

The three-day event has attracted more than 2,600 attendees across the world, according to the organizers.

Attendees hold in-depth discussions on topics such as the risks, shortcomings, and uncertainties facing globalization, and offer solutions for sustainable development of Asia and the world.

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Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia was held in Turkmenistan

Published in World
Friday, 06 August 2021 16:55

Today, on the 6th of August 2021, the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia was held in the National Tourist Zone “Avaza”. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia Gherman also took part in the session.

The Presidents of Central Asian states arrived to Turkmenistan to participate to this conference in the framework of which a number of parallel events of economic and cultural scope were held, including the Economic Forum of the Central Asian states, International Exhibition of the Products of Central Asian countries, Women’s Dialogue of the States of Central Asia, as well as the International Festival of the National Cuisines of the region’s countries.  

The Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia was held in the Congress Hall of the National Tourist Zone “Avaza”. The event was preceded by the bilateral meetings of the heads of states. Then, the joint photographing ceremony of the Presidents of five Central Asian states took place.   

In his opening speech, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to his colleagues for accepting the invitation to visit Turkmenistan for participation to the Consultative Meeting aimed at further strengthening of regional cooperation, provision of conditions for more active and oriented steps in this regard, which is expected to become a strong mobilizing factor for effective and constructive participation of the Central Asian region to the continental and global affairs.     

The parties considered the key aspects of developing political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian collaboration between the countries of the region. A constructive exchange of views on the issues of regional stability was held. The Presidents discussed the pressing issues of regional cooperation, exchanged opinions on current topics of international development. They also agreed to accelerate the external policy cooperation, including through the regular five-sided meetings between the MFAs of the regions’ countries.    

During the session, the Presidents discussed the issues related to the implementation of resolutions adopted at the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia that was held in Tashkent on November 29, 2019. The parties noted the importance of the region from the geopolitical and geo-economic perspectives and underlined the high level of mutual understanding, trust and mutual respect between the countries that are united by century’s long historical, spiritual and cultural ties. It was emphasized that all of this is positively affecting not only the region, but the Eurasia in general.      

Special attention was paid to the establishment of favorable conditions for the partnership in the energy sphere, expansion of cooperation between the region’s countries in transport-communications field, in particular through the maintenance of effective functioning of available and by forming new transport corridors. In his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, “based on the UN documents, we are forming in Central Asia favorable political-legal and economic conditions for safe, sustainable partnership, which is oriented at the fulfillment of internal regional demand for energy carriers, as well as directed at the entrance to the world markets via the international transit corridors”.        

The Presidents exchanged views on the development of trade ties, increase of export and import operations. The agreements were reached on the diversification of mutual trade turnover and industrial cooperation.     

One of the main constituents of the agenda of the meeting was the consolidation of efforts of the region’s countries on countering the pandemic.  The Presidents agreed to facilitate the organization and encourage joint research in the area of studying the nature of new type infections, as well as the application of new methods of treatment and prevention of communicable diseases.   

Upon the outcomes of the meeting, the Joint Statement of the Heads of States of Central Asia was adopted.

Then, an official ceremony of awarding the Honorable Sign of the Heads of States of Central Asia was held.  In accordance with the decision of the Presidents of the countries of Central Asia adopted at the current Consultative Meeting, the Honorable Sign was awarded to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon for outstanding achievements in the development of friendship, good-neighborliness, mutual understanding and cooperation between the states of Central Asia, as well as for strengthening peace and security in the region, promotion of joint interests and initiatives of the region’s countries within the international community.  With the applauses of the audience, the Honorable Sign was awarded by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Then the press conference of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalia Gherman took place upon the outcomes of the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia.

The same day, the Presidents visited the International Exhibition of the Products of Central Asian countries and the International Festival of the National Cuisines of the region’s countries.  

In the end of the day, the heads of states took part in the festive concert of the art and culture workers of the countries of Central Asia, as well as in the official dinner. 

В Туркменистан прибыли главы государств Центральной Азии для проведения Консультативной встречи

Published in World
Friday, 06 August 2021 16:17

6 августа в Туркменистане, в Национальной туристической зоне «Аваза», расположенной на побережье Каспия, состоится Консультативная встреча глав государств Центральной Азии, призванная способствовать дальнейшему развитию многопланового регионального сотрудничества, выводу его на новые, отвечающие современным реалиям и имеющемуся потенциалу рубежи.

Как подчёркивает Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов, укреп­ление дружественных отношений и плодотворного взаимодействия с соседями по региону выступает одним из приоритетных векторов внешнеполитической стратегии нейтрального Туркменистана. Наша страна нацелена на самое широкое партнёрство с государствами Центральной Азии, всемерно содействуя продвижению равноправного и доверительного диалога как в двустороннем, так и в многостороннем формате.

Накануне высокие гости – Президент Республики Казахстан Касым-Жомарт Токаев, Президент Кыргызской Республики Садыр Жапаров, Президент Республики Узбекистан Шавкат Мирзиёев и Президент Республики Таджикистан Эмомали Рахмон прибыли в Национальную туристическую зону «Аваза». Примечательно также, что участие таджикского лидера в нынешней Консультативной встрече совпало с его государственным визитом в Туркменистан.

В Международном аэропорту города Туркменбаши, украшенном Государственными флагами стран Центральной Азии, по сложившейся доброй традиции высоких гостей встретили хлебом-солью.

В этой связи следует отметить, что Туркменистан со всей ответственностью подошёл к организации Форума, весь процесс подготовки к которому постоянно находился в центре внимания Президента Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова. Согласно Постановлению лидера нации был создан соответствующий Оргкомитет, перед которым поставлена задача обеспечить высокий уровень Консультативной встречи глав государств, Диалога женщин стран региона и связанных с ними мероприятий международного характера.

На повестку дня нынешнего Форума вынесен широкий спектр воп­росов, касающихся активизации межгосударственного партнёрства на его ключевых направлениях, а также актуальной региональной и международной тематики. Он знаменует собой очередной важный этап в сотрудничестве стран Центральной Азии, формировании эффективных долгосрочных механизмов взаимодействия, конкретизации первостепенных задач, создании необходимых условий для устойчивого развития региона, его ускоренной интеграции в мировые процессы.

Будучи привержен братским, доб­рососедским отношениям со всеми центральноазиатскими странами, Туркменистан выдвигает конкретные инициативы, призванные способствовать интенсификации многовекторного партнёрства в регионе, реализации перспективных совместных проектов.

Так, выступая на второй Консультативной встрече глав государств Центральной Азии, состоявшейся в 2019 году в Ташкенте, в контексте придания системного характера региональному сотрудничеству в торгово-экономической, энергетической, транспортно-логистической, инвестиционной и инновационной сферах, Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов озвучил предложение по созданию пятистороннего Делового совета. Тогда же глава Туркменистана высказался за рассмотрение возможностей для запуска Форума культурного диалога ЦА на регулярной основе.

Как отмечает лидер нации, наши страны располагают внушительным человеческим, экономическим, ресурсным и гуманитарным потенциалом, благоприятными перспективами для достижения общей цели – превращения региона в процветающий край, надёжную платформу для плодотворного конструктивного партнёрства.

Таким образом, проводимая в НТЗ «Аваза» Консультативная встреча глав государств Центральной Азии имеет большое значение для дальнейшего развития полноформатного регионального сотрудничества, придания ему более динамичного, стратегического характера, что отвечает многовековым принципам добрососедства и интересам благополучия братских стран и народов.

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Сегодня по приглашению Президента Туркменистана главы государств Центральной Азии совершили совместную прогулку на яхте по Кас­пийскому морю. В ходе прогулки лидеры стран региона обменялись мнениями о реализации достигнутых ранее договорённостей и возможностях дальнейшего развития взаимовыгодного сотрудничества, обладающего внушительным потенциалом.

Высокие гости подчеркнули значимость проводимых на побережье Каспия по инициативе туркменского лидера международных мероприятий в контексте активизации региональных связей с учётом современных реалий.

Любуясь красотами Авазы, главы дружественных государств отметили, что неотъемлемой составляющей широкомасштабных преобразований, осуществляемых в Туркменистане, в том числе в этом его живописном уголке, является экологический аспект.

Как подчеркнул Президент Туркменистана, обеспечение экологического благополучия выступает непреложным требованием реализуемых в нашей стране инфраструктурных проектов и программ. При проведении строительных работ на побережье Каспия особое внимание уделяется сохранению природы, местной флоры и фауны, а также морского биоразнообразия.

Высокие гости отметили значение выполняемых работ, включая создание лесопарковых зон, для поддержания благоприятного климата, что укрепляет статус Авазы в качестве санаторно-курортной зоны, соответствующей международным стандартам.

Высказав Президенту Гурбангулы Бердымухамедову признательность за гостеприимство, оказанное на туркменской земле, лидеры соседних стран выразили уверенность, что проводимые здесь международные мероприятия будут способствовать наращиванию полноформатного сотрудничества в регионе и достижению конкретных результатов.

Далее глава Туркменистана и высокие гости вместе направились на автобусе в многофункциональный спортивный комплекс «Аваза», по пути осматривая природные особенности и фешенебельные объекты Национальной туристической зоны.

За последние годы в этом уголке сформировалась современная санаторно-курортная инфраструктура, предоставляющая все условия для комфортного отдыха и укрепления здоровья.

Президент Туркменистана и высокие гости ознакомились с созданными в многофункциональном спортивном комплексе «Аваза» возможностями для занятий физкультурой и спортом.

Главы государств Центральной Азии дали высокую оценку реализуемой туркменским лидером стратегии, направленной на охрану здоровья людей, укрепление в обществе здорового и активного образа жизни, развитие в стране физкультурно-спортивного движения, формирование современной профильной инфраструктуры.

Xinhua Commentary: Solid growth momentum highlights China's economic resilience

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 15 July 2021 16:42

BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy grew 12.7 percent year on year in the first half of 2021, as the world's second largest economy continued to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and share its growth dividends with the world.

The country's gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 53.2 trillion yuan (about 8.23 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first six months. The robust growth is a reflection of the vitality and resilience of the Chinese economy once hit hard by the pandemic.

Evidence has shown the recovery is in full-swing. Industrial production, fixed-asset investment, retail sales and foreign trade posted steady growth.

As the spokeswoman of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said at the press conference on Thursday, China's economy continues to recover steadily, production and demand continue to rise, employment and prices are generally stable, new growth drivers develop rapidly, economic quality and efficiency improve steadily, market entities are expected to improve, main macro indicators are in an appropriate range, and economic development shows a steady trend.

China's solid performance is also good news to the world.

The World Bank affirmed China's contribution in its June report, which said that the recovery in East Asia and the Pacific will be the strongest in 2021, which is primarily due to the strength in China. It is estimated that China's contribution to global economic growth will exceed 25 percent in 2021.

China mission chief and assistant director in the International Monetary Fund's Asia and Pacific Department Helge Berger said China, as one of the world's largest economies, plays a large role in Asia's recovery and global recovery, not only because of its share in global growth, but also due to its growth spillovers.

China still faces multiple challenges in the rest of the year, as the NBS spokeswoman cautioned over uncertainties stemming from the global spread of the pandemic and the unbalanced domestic recovery.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank projected that China's growth will exceed 8 percent in 2021.

China's ability to contain the pandemic pretty quickly, its significant policy support, as well as the recent pickup in global trade will help support the country's strong recovery. 

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