Fujian Strengthens Cooperation with Afghanistan through Exchanges between Political Parties
On January 29, a delegation with 18 members from five Afghan political parties, headed by Mr. Yunus Tughra, adviser to First Vice President of Afghanistan, visited Fujian.
Secretary General Liang Jianyong of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee met the delegation, briefing them on the 19th CPC National Congress, and Fujian’s advancements since the reform and opening up. Mr. Liang then put forward three suggestions for deepening exchanges and cooperation between Fujian and Afghanistan:
First, expand trade and economic cooperation. Under the Belt and Road Initiative, Fujian will engage in more infrastructure and connectivity cooperation with Afghanistan, contributing to Afghanistan’s peaceful reconstruction as well as economic and social progress. We encourage reputable and competent companies to seek win-win cooperation in Afghanistan in fields including mining, energy, infrastructure and agriculture. We also hope to see more Afghan companies in Fujian so that our two-way trade can be more balanced.
Second, deepen exchanges between political parties. The CPC maintains good communication with Afghan’s major political parties. As a base for training foreign political party officials designated by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Fujian will develop new ways for training and offer more training opportunities to officials at various levels.
Third, enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges. We would like to see more exchanges and cooperation in such areas as culture, education, health, and tourism in a bid to deepen Fujian-Afghanistan friendship. In this regard, We will award three scholarships to Afghan university students for studying in Fujian as a way to promote exchanges and mutual understanding between youths of the two countries.
The delegation members said that through the visit, they saw first-hand the CPC’s outstanding leadership over economic and social development. They totally agreed with Mr. Liang’s suggestions, and looked forward to more exchanges and cooperation. They hoped that one Afghan province could twin with Fujian, which they believe will further strengthen cooperation in various areas.
The delegation visited places including Fuzhou Area of the Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone and Fuzhou Municipal Public Service Center to learn about Fujian’s role in the Belt and Road cooperation, and its new endeavors in social governance. They also attended a study session on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
This political parties delegation is the first of its kind from Afghanistan. The visit enhances communication and mutual understanding between the CPC and Afghan political parties. At the same time, Fujian identifies more cooperation opportunities in East Asia, which will better serve the connectivity between Fujian, the core area of the Maritime Silk Road, and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt.