Kyrgyzstan Reform & Opening Up: Parliament member: China has helped our country develop
In the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, a business street is named after the late Chinese leader, Deng Xiaoping, to commemorate his contributions to China's reform and opening up process. One parliament member in Kyrgyzstan says his country has learned a lot from China's progress over the past forty years, and that President Xi's visit will help them to build further on their recent development.
Few would expect that in a Central Asian city more than 3,000 kilometers away from Beijing there is a street named after Deng Xiaoping, who was recognized as "the architect of China's reform and opening-up."
WU GUOXIU BISHKEK "This Deng Xiaoping street in the capital's center is very busy. It's full of life, but this developing country wants to remind people that China benefited enormously from Deng's reform and opening up policy and that Kyrgyzstan can learn from China's experience."
ZHUNUS UULU ADYL KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT MEMBER "We've been learning from the path China took, and kept reforming over the past 27 years. We learned from Deng Xiaoping's policy to bring in investment, and greatly respect that investment."
Adyl was born in China's Xinjiang and gained Kyrgyz nationality in 2001, then became a parliament member in 2015. He says he introduced many Chinese companies and investments into Kyrgyzstan.
ZHUNUS UULU ADYL KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT MEMBER "Over the past 27 years, China has given us more assistance and investment than any other country, so we are very appreciative to China. I think we should cooperate more in agricultural processing. We waste so many green products due to a lack of finance, we hope the Chinese can invest more in this."
As one of the earliest supporters of President Xi's Belt and Road Initiative, Adyl says, Kyrgyzstan has benefitted from the project. He hopes Xi's visit can lead to more opportunities for development in the country. Wu Guoxiu, CGTN, Bishkek.