In the footsteps of caravan on the Silk Road
20.06.2012 / 13:11
Imagine a territory which occupies 1.7 million square kilometers, that is twenty-one times bigger area than that of the Czech Republic. In the south there is the desert of Taklamakan and above it towering the Kunlun Mountains, in the north there are extensive grasslands, lakes and mountains of Altay, as a dividing line in the middle of Tianshan mountains. About 21 million inhabitants of thirteen different nationalities live scattered in this vast area, speaking the same number of languages (in seven languages broadcasts the local television station e.g. news). In the underground there is an enormous amount of minerals and raw materials, especially oil, natural gas and non-ferrous metals waiting to be discovered and extracted. We are talking about area through which previously passed the famous Silk Road and where history enrolled itself in rich and indelible letters.
From 11 to 14 June 2012, Ambassador L. Sečka with his wife and entourage visited the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, which is the westernmost region of the People's Republic of China and the country's territory border with Central Asia and Russia. During his visit to Xinjiang, which's area consists of nearly 1/6 of the whole country's area, he met with the Chairman of Xinjiang AR Nuer Bekri, Secretary-General of the Government of Xinjiang AR Ailati Aishan, Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Xinjiang AR Wu Xian, directors and deputy directors of the commercial, educational, cultural and tourism division of Xinjiang AR, as well as leaders of the cities of Turpan and Changji. During its visit the Czech delegation inspected factories of companies Goldwind and TBEA as well as paid a visit tocompany YEMA International and Institute of Geographical Sciencesand Natural Resources Research in the capital city of the AR Ürumqi.