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Monday, June 20, 2016, 13:19

Xi seeks Belt & Road gateway to Europe

By Xinhua

Xi seeks Belt & Road gateway to Europe
Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrive in Warsaw to begin a state visit to the Republic of Poland on June 19, 2016. (Photo / Xinhua)

WARSAW - Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off on Sunday his state visit to Poland and held discussions with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, as the two countries jointly seek cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

SILK ROAD CONNECTS AMBER ROAD

Xi met with Duda soon after his arrival in Warsaw, at an informal meeting at Palace Belwederski, Poland's presidential residence.

Xi told Duda that Poland, which is situated at the heartland of Europe and is where the Amber Road and the Silk Road meet, has a unique geological advantage.

China, Xi said, welcomes Poland's active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

Xi suggested the two sides strengthen cooperation under the framework of the grand development blueprint, tap into cooperation potentials in areas including interconnectivity and infrastructure development, and endeavor to seek more results.

The Chinese leader also said that China welcomed Poland to actively take part in the development of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, of which Poland is a founding member.

Poland has been an important hub for trade for millennia, from ancient Amber Road to nowadays' Belt and Road Initiative. Many China-Europe freight trains pass through the country.

In response to Xi's proposal, Duda said Poland is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen cooperation with China in such fields as infrastructure, railroad, and logistics and transportation.

During Xi's stay in Poland, the two countries are expected to sign agreements in areas such as finance, civil aviation, science and technology, and education, and to further align the Belt and Road Initiative with Poland's development plans.

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