Bishkek, September 16, 2023 (TDI): – A significant meeting took place in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyz Republic, between  Cui Li, Deputy Chairman of the Chinese SCO Committee on Good Neighborhood, Friendship, and Cooperation, and Askhat Akibaev, Director of the Cultural Integration Center of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and the Silk Road Countries.

The gathering marked a momentous occasion to enhance cultural cooperation and foster stronger ties between nations.

The meeting was graced by the presence of Zheng Wei, Secretary General of the Chinese SCO Committee on Good Neighborhood, Friendship, and Cooperation, as well as Li Baojie, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, along with other esteemed members of the delegation.


The primary objective of this gathering was to discuss and facilitate increased interaction in the cultural and humanitarian spheres, particularly within the framework of the Silk Road Cultural Belt program, commonly known as “One Belt – One Road.”

Both parties were keen to explore the possibilities of further strengthening bonds between the people of the Silk Road countries through cultural exchange and cooperation.

During the meeting,  both sides shared insights into their current initiatives and plans for the future.

The discussion centered on the need for more active information exchange to support joint, systematic activities. Consequently, the participants reached a consensus that developing a comprehensive Cooperation Plan spanning 3-5 years is imperative to guide their collaborative efforts effectively.

Emphasizing their unwavering commitment to joint action, both sides concluded the meeting in a warm and friendly atmosphere marked by complete mutual understanding.

This meeting represents a significant stride in promoting cultural integration and goodwill among nations, transcending geographical boundaries and promoting unity among diverse cultures.

It reflects the shared vision of both sides and underscores the commitment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to deepen cultural ties within its member states.

The positive outcome of this meeting paves the way for a brighter future of cultural collaboration and goodwill among the Silk Road countries.

This significant encounter is a testament to all parties’ shared dedication to promoting unity, cultural exchange, and cooperation among nations within the SCO and the Silk Road region.

It reinforces the importance of people-to-people connections as a cornerstone of international relations and represents a significant step towards realising shared objectives.