Silk Road Economic Belt initiative
At the Global Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Ashkhabad Rustam Azimov, First Deputy Prime Minister, highlighted that Uzbekistan supports China's initiative to create Silk Road Economic Belt, which is the most important transcontinental transportation corridor, along which more than 5 billion people live and more 60% of world GDP and international trade are generated.
"We are convinced that the construction of the shortest rail route to Central Asia will allow to connect regions of Southeast, Central and South Asia and the Middle East", - he said.
The largest project in the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative is the construction of the railway, which will connect such cities as Urumqi - the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China, Almaty in Kazakhstan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Ashkhabad in Turkmenistan, and Tehran - the capital Iran.
The most important part of the project is a possibility of continuation of the actual rail networks of China to the Middle East and Turkey. Thus trains will be able to move without stopping from any city of China to the border of Turkey and then to Spain, along the whole Europe.
Mr. Azimov also emphasized the need to consolidate efforts at the international level for the development of reliable, safe and efficient transport communications.
Original article: http://kommersant.uz/news/uzbekistan-podderzhit-kitaj