China’s Xi calls for stable, secure Central Asia

XIAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that the security, independence and territorial integrity of Central Asian nations must be safeguarded.

Delivering the keynote speech at the China-Central Asia Summit in the historic city of Xian, Xi said the world needs “a Central Asia that is stable, prosperous, harmonious and well-connected,” state media reported.

Hosting Asian leaders from five Central Asian countries, Xi characterized relations between China and its western neighbors as one of great vigor and vitality.

The leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were present at the meetings covering trade and bilateral relations.

(Reporting by the Beijing newsroom; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry)

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