Ambassador: Turkmen gas benefits Chinese population
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, September 2 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
China became the first partner of Turkmenistan for the volume of commodity turnover and for its part, Turkmenistan became one of the main partners of China, China's ambassador to Turkmenistan Xiao Qinghua said in this interview to Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary(TDH) State News Service.
The diplomat gave his interview on the eve of Chinese president Xi Jinping's state visit to Turkmenistan scheduled for September 3-4.
"Gas from Turkmenistan is delivered to many Chinese provinces and autonomous regions, reaching the shores of Pacific Ocean and benefits the Chinese population," the ambassador said.
According to him, the largest gas pipeline in the world - Turkmenistan-China was put into operation in December, 2009 and became the new Silk Road, strengthening friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Qinghua also noted that commodity turnover between the two countries amounted to 4.5 USD in 1992 and this figure exceeded 10 billion USD last year, which is by 2,000 times more compared to the moment of establishing diplomatic relations and is by 100 times more than 10 years ago.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1992. To date, over a hundred intergovernmental and interdisciplinary legal documents have been signed.