Friday, June 26, 2015

Interview: Turkey ready to be active part of China's "Belt and Road" initiative: Chinese ambassador   2015-06-26 

ANKARA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Turkey stands as a natural supporter for China's "Belt and Road" initiative, and is ready to be an active part of the proposal, said Chinese ambassador to the country.
Yu Hongyang, Chinese ambassador to Ankara, told Xinhua in a recent interview that Turkey used to be a key spot along the ancient Silk Road, and its special geographic location has made the country a bridge between the east and the west."Today, Turkey stays as China's important partner to implement the belt and road initiative," he added. Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, which are later dubbed as the "Belt and Road" initiative, aims at reviving the ancient trade route between Asia and Europe.
The network threads through over 60 countries and regions, with a total population of 4.4 billion.
Over the past few months, the initiative has been given a real push. China has earmarked 40 billion U.S. dollars for a Silk Road Fund to support infrastructure projects along both routes.