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Chinese, Kazakhstani Writers Stress Power of Literary Exchanges

2017-09-11 17:36:17

Chinese and Kazakhstani writers said they need more literary exchanges between the two countries.


Askar Alibek, a renowned writer from Kazakhstan, said authors from both countries need more cooperation so that people can understand each other better.


Alibek was present at a Belt and Road seminar held in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, which drew nine authors from Kazakhstan and 15 from China. The forum started Thursday.


Meiram Bektimbayev, an official from the Kazakhstan National Technology Development Bureau, cited the importance of seeking synergy between Kazakhstan's economic policy Nurly Zhol (Bright Path) and the Belt and Road initiative.


"The people need to overcome fear, anxiety and prejudice so that certain large-scale infrastructure projects can be carried out, and this is an area where literary writers from both countries can contribute their wisdom and influence public opinion," Bektimbayev said.


Xi'an occupies a special position in China's exchanges with Kazakhstan, said Gao Jianqun, vice chairman of the Shaanxi writers' association.


"Two thousand years ago, a famous Chinese diplomat of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD25) Zhang Qian departed from Xi'an on his tour to the West. From then on, connection among previously isolated civilizations were strengthened," Gao, who is also a famous writer, said.


Northwest University has established a center for Kazakhstan studies, while Xi'an Jiaotong University set up a university union for the initiative in 2015.


Additionally, copyright trade volume between China and B&R countries has increased 20 percent annually since 2014, according to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Film and Television.