Xi said Xinjiang is no longer a far corner, but a core area and a center in the BRI

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping pays a second visit to the northwest region, eight years after his 2014 visit to China's Xinjiang region. As part of the visit, he underlined the overarching goal of social stability and lasting security, and the important role of the region in realizing the One Belt, One Road Initiative, emphasizing the efforts made for the full and faithful implementation of the Chinese Communist Party's policies for the rule of Xinjiang in the new era.

Analysts said that Xi's visit to Xinjiang marked a new stage in China's determination of the Xinjiang region as the main location in its westward expansion, after achieving fundamental shifts from turmoil to stability. 

President Xi, who stayed in the Xinjiang region from Tuesday to Friday, visited many places in Urumqi. He also went to Shihezi and Turpan, inspecting the villages and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Establishments, and chatted with the local residents. During the visit, President Xi also called for making Xinjiang a harmonious, prosperous and culturally advanced region with healthy ecosystems and people living and working in satisfaction.

Associate Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Border Area Studies. Wang Yuting told Global Times; Xi's visit to the Xinjiang region confirms that while maintaining long-term stability and ensuring economic development, the Xinjiang region has stepped into a new phase of economic development, and it has been built as a key hub for the realization of China's One Belt One Road Initiative and a prime location for its westward expansion. stated that it is a strong and important indicator. 

Wang said that Xinjiang and the entire western region of China have achieved stability, thereby laying the foundation for deepening cooperation with Central and Western Asian countries by further advancing China's western region. He also underlined the important strategic value and significance of Xinjiang's role as the main hub of the Silk Road Economic Belt.

On Tuesday, Xi visited the Urumqi International Port Area. “The Belt, One Road Initiative has yielded fruitful results since it was launched. As BRI's co-creation continues to move forward, Xinjiang is no longer a far corner, but a core area and a center. What is done here has historical significance,” Xi said.

Wang also noted that Xi's visit to Xinjiang will help China in the new era, including maintaining stability in the region through ethnic unity, promoting cultures in Xinjiang, promoting prosperity among local residents, and developing Xinjiang from a long-term perspective. He pointed out that he showed the enriched policy towards the administration of .

China's products can be exported from the coastal areas to the US and the West, as well as to other regions through the land center of Xinjiang; This not only meets the growing demand from neighboring countries, but also helps to accelerate the region's opening up to find new ways out, Wang concluded.

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