CPPCC Member: Gear up for the Construction of Xinjiang Silk Road

March 13, 2017
Editor: Gretchen Zhou
CPPCC Member: Gear up for the Construction of Xinjiang Silk Road

In recent years, China has attached importance to the development of Xinjiang. [rmzx.com.cn]

 

Under a series of national policies and public concerns, Hailiman, a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), raised her proposal on the further extension of the Xinjiang Silk Road Core Economic Zone at the "Two Sessions", the annual meeting of China's top political advisory body and legislature.

In recent years, China has attached importance to the development of Xinjiang. China's President Xi launched the strategic concept of constructing 'The Belt and Road Initiative' in September 2013. In May 2014, a proposal on forging the Silk Road Core Economic Zone in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was clearly raised at the Second Central Xinjiang Work Symposium. In March 2015, organizers from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce jointly published an action plan entitled Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

"The construction of Urumchi International Harbour District was comprehensively launched; Mingshui-Hami highway, Urumchi rail-transit system and Shache Airport have been built at an accelerated pace," Hailiman spoke with great familiarity when it came to Xinjiang construction and achievements made by the core economic zone project. However, she also showed great concern for the obstacles and challenges in the way.

"Given the weak and defective industrial foundation, lack of high-end development platforms, poor competence in absorbing investments and low-level logistics and life-service, the Xinjiang Silk Road Core Economic Zone is still facing great challenges in developing competitive cross-border businesses and economic-driving trading ports," Hailiman elucidated.

In light of these, Hailiman proposed for the state revenue to add fuel to the infrastructure construction of Xinjiang trading ports, and advocated for the state to actively promote the construction of trading ports to Russia and the Kyrgyz Republic through diplomatic approaches.

The CPPCC member further emphasized that the mentioned cross-border ports and related railways which bond foreign countries in the west are important components for the China-Central Asia-West Asia economic corridor, which has far-reaching significance in enhancing China's influence to Central Asian countries, and in maintaining Xinjiang's prolonged stability.

Finally, Hailiman expressed her full confidence and expectations towards the construction of her proposal and called for financial support in relevant projects.

(Source: rmzxb.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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