China to sign “important political document” with Central Asian countries
China will sign an “important political document” with Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan at the summit in Xi’an on May 18-19, according to a representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The summit will be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will make an important speech. The presidents will review the development of relations between China and Central Asia and exchange views on the development of mechanisms between the two sides. The official quotes the website of the Chinese diplomatic agency in saying that “the upcoming meeting will help develop a new plan for relations between China and the Central Asian ‘five'” and will also “open a new era of partnership between the parties.” This summit marks an important step in the growing cooperation between China and Central Asian countries.