Expert: Central Asia plays a pivotal role in Belt and Road

China's Foreign Ministry says President Xi Jinping will chair a virtual summit with five Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Tuesday in Beijing, to commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations. Trade volume between the two sides has increased 100 times over the past 30 years. The five Central Asian nations all signed on to the Belt and Road Initiative launched by China. Chen Yu, an assistant research professor at the Institute of Eurasian Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, talks about the regional cooperation under the mega-project.

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