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Xinjiang Culture Exchange Delegation Visits Ottawa

Xinjiang Culture Exchange Delegation Visits Ottawa

A delegation from China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region visited Ottawa on October 31 to exchange views on the latest economic, social and cultural development as well as the Belt and Road construction in Xinjiang region. The purpose also was to promote the understanding of Xinjiang autonomous region through a roundtable meeting at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.

In the roundtable, the delegation discussed with the attendees and media human rights issues in Xinjiang, business, future projects and the relationship with Canada. In particular, the delegation emphasized that, like Canada, the Chinese Government protected ethnic and minority communities’ rights, religious freedoms, and is committed to anti-terrorism policies.

As a culture exchange delegation, they introduced an overview of what, for some Western countries, is an unknown place. Xinjiang seems to be an interesting region for businesspeople and tourists. In fact, the Belt and Road construction has brought huge development opportunities to the region.

The world-famous Silk Road starts from Chang’ an (today’s Xi’ an) and enters the Mediterranean Sea in Central Asia via Xinjiang, China. It is becoming the transport hub of the Silk Road Economic Belt. Along with the operation of the 1,776-km Lanzhou the location enters its high-speed railway era.

One of the most important cities along the Silk Road Economic Belt is Urumqi that is also an important port for China’s opening to the West. Currently, the Chinese Government is constructing the Urumqi Aviation Center and forging Silk Road air pass.

The team also pointed out that the China-Kazakhstan Horgos Frontier International Cooperation Center jointly set up by China and Kazakhstan is the first cross-border free trade zone in the world. Meanwhile, the port of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is Khunjerab which is used as an important pass along the Silk Road.

The ancient Xiata passage is the steepest old pass along the Silk Road, and the Pamir Plateau, known as “Congling” in ancient time, is the only path to the Mediterranean countries from China along the Silk Road in ancient times.

For its part, Kashgar, a famous historical and cultural city in China, is the intersection of the north and south routes of the ancient Silk Road.

The main goal of such a delegation is to promote integration between cultures, countries and harmony between peoples as well as stimulate the global economy, sustainable development, and international politics.

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