On the morning of February 5, 2022, President Xi Jinping met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who was visiting China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Turkmenistan 30 years ago, bilateral relations have made remarkable progress and reached a high level of strategic partnership. China always views China-Turkmenistan relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. No matter how the international landscape changes, China is always a reliable friend and partner of Turkmenistan. China is willing to work with Turkmenistan to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields and build a more lively and dynamic China-Turkmenistan relationship with richer connotation, so as to better benefit both peoples.
Xi Jinping stressed that the strategic cooperation between China and Turkmenistan in the natural gas sector has greatly boosted the economic and social development of the two countries and has broad prospects. China is willing to work with Turkmenistan to strengthen comprehensive planning with a future and long-term perspective, expand the volume and scale of gas cooperation between the two countries, fully tap the cooperation potential, expand the cooperation in the whole industry chain, enriching the dimension of energy cooperation between the two countries, and raising the cooperation in the field of natural gas to a whole new level, so as to achieve win-win results and development and common prosperity of both countries. The two sides should align the Belt and Road Initiative with Turkmenistan’s strategy to revive the Great Silk Road at a faster speed and strengthen interconnectivity cooperation. China is willing to work with Turkmenistan to continue to strengthen vaccine cooperation and jointly build the immune barrier. The two sides should strive to mutually establish cultural centers as soon as possible, and China is willing to speed up the establishment of the Luban workshop in Turkmenistan to help the country train more high-caliber skilled workers in all occupations. The two sides should strengthen their coordination and cooperation to jointly promote regional peace.
Berdymukhamedov said: “Last night we had the honor of witnessing together the successful opening of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, which was a significant moment of historic significance as Beijing became the first city to host the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games. Turkmenistan and China are the most sincere and reliable friends and partners. Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, Turkmen-China cooperation has made significant progress on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and mutual trust in recent years. Deepening cooperation in the oil and gas sector, in particular, has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples. Turkmenistan is ready to cooperate with China to harness the potential, accelerate the construction of the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Line D and other important cooperation projects, and expand exchanges and cooperation in other fields, so as to to elevate the Turkmenistan-China relations to a higher level and write a new, more splendid chapter. The recent virtual summit between five Central Asian countries and China was a great success, and Turkmenistan is willing to continue strengthening communication and cooperation with China in this regard.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.