Azerbaijani Ambassador to China Jenali: The Ancient Silk Road is Radiant with New Vitality

As early as over two thousand years ago, the people of the two countries maintained trade and cultural exchanges through the ancient Silk Road. “Jenali said that Azerbaijan and China have rich and diverse cultures and a long history, which is fully reflected in many historical ancient cities, modern multicultural landscapes, and the warm hospitality tradition that has been inherited from the ancient Silk Road period.


Having a rich cultural heritage is one of the commonalities between us and China, which has played an important role in establishing lasting connections between the two peoples. “Jenali said that as early as the 12th century, the famous Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi depicted the image of a beautiful and intelligent Chinese woman in his long poem” Seven Beauties “, proving the long-standing cultural bond between the two peoples. After more than two thousand years, a new bond has emerged between Azerbaijan and China


As an important cooperative partner of China in Eurasia, Azerbaijan is also one of the first countries to respond to and actively participate in the joint construction of the “the Belt and Road”.


In recent years, in order to connect with the “the Belt and Road” initiative, Azerbaijan has launched many large-scale infrastructure projects, including Baku International Maritime Trade Port, Baku Tbilisi Kars Transnational Railway and Aliyat free economic zone. With the smooth progress of the China Arab joint construction of the “the Belt and Road”, the circulation of goods between the two sides has become more smooth.


According to the news released by the Chinese Embassy in Azerbaijan, cross-border transportation is becoming a new growth point and highlight of cooperation between the two countries. In the first half of this year, the number of China Europe trains passing through Azerbaijan exceeded 70, a year-on-year increase of 50%, and multiple new routes from cities such as Xi’an, Chongqing, and Chengdu were added, with a total of over 10 routes. It is expected that the annual traffic volume will achieve significant growth and reach a new high.