Earlier this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to a letter from Central Asian students at China University of Petroleum (Beijing), encouraging them to make greater contributions to the development of relations between China and Central Asian countries. CGTN's reporter Liu Jiaxin has more from the campus.
Central Asian students at China University of Petroleum in Beijing received an important letter signed by President Xi Jinping on Monday. Before that, the overseas students wrote to the president about their life in China and expressed their determination to study hard and strengthen cooperation. The main writer is Rahman from Turkmenistan, who has lived in China for 13 years. He was very excited when he received a response.
RAHMAN BAYRAMDURDYYEV Sinicization of Marxism Ph.D program Turkmenistan, China University of Petroleum (Beijing) "At that time, we had expectations when we wrote the letter, but did not expect to actually receive a reply from President Xi. It's like a dream. Many of our students from Central Asia have received scholarships from China to study at China University of Petroleum. We should thank President Xi and China for giving us the opportunity."
LIU JIAXIN Beijing "President Xi said that the Central Asian students who are studying here are not only witnesses and beneficiaries of China-Central Asia relations, but also the builders and storytellers of such ties. Xi added that he hopes they can actively tell the stories of China and Central Asia and act as ambassadors of friendship in the region."
CHEN FENG Secretary of the Party Committee China University of Petroleum (Beijing) "After writing back to the graduates of Karamay Campus in July 2020, President Xi once again expressed his ardent care and deep encouragement to our school and its students. We should cultivate young people with aspirations to carry forward China-Central Asia friendly relations, carry forward the Silk Road spirit, and make new and greater contributions to serving China's major national strategies."
WU XIAOLIN President of China University of Petroleum (Beijing) "The letter of reply is an affirmation and encouragement for the university to adhere to the long-term service of the country's major energy needs and take root in China to run a good university. It has greatly inspired the morale and confidence of all teachers and students to work together and forge ahead."
Ten years ago, President Xi Jinping put forward the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asian countries. Students from Central Asia told us that over the past 10 years, they have witnessed deepening ties between China and Central Asia and expanding cooperation in various fields including energy, finance, trade and culture, which has brought benefits to people on both sides. LJX, CGTN, Beijing.