Xi meets Turkmen president

XI'AN – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province.

Xi welcomed Berdimuhamedov to China for the China-Central Asia Summit. He recalled Berdimuhamedov's successful state visit to China in January this year, during which they announced the elevation of the bilateral relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership and the practice of the vision of a community with a shared future at the bilateral level, opening a new chapter in China-Turkmenistan relations.

Xi said Turkmenistan is marching toward the "revival of a new era of a powerful state" under the leadership of Berdimuhamedov

The year 2023 is the first year for China to fully implement the guiding principles set out at the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Party will rally and lead the Chinese people in advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization, said Xi.

Noting that Turkmenistan recently held successful parliamentary elections, concluding an important domestic political agenda, Xi said the country is marching toward the "revival of a new era of a powerful state" under the leadership of Berdimuhamedov.

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Over the past 31 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, China and Turkmenistan have carried out friendly cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect and mutual benefit, said Xi, adding that the bilateral relationship enjoys enormous potential and broad prospects.

China is ready to work with Turkmenistan to keep bringing the relationship forward for greater benefits of the two peoples, said Xi.