BEIJING, Dec. 1 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's just-concluded trip to Romania andUzbekistan, where he attended two multilateral meetings, will help China, the othermember states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and countries in Centraland Eastern Europe promote cooperation in various fields, overseas experts and mediasaid.
Leonid Savin, editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based magazine Geopolitika, said the SCO'sinfluence is increasing in the Eurasian region, adding that besides the SCO, the CollectiveSecurity Treaty Organization (CSTO) also plays a role in Central Asia.
The two groups could complement each other in safeguarding regional security, he said.
Elnara Baynazarova, an international relations expert from Kazakhstan, said Li's proposalat the SCO prime ministers' meeting to strengthen economic and trade cooperation amongSCO member states, especially in transportation, will bring abundant benefits toKazakhstan.
Building a transport corridor along the ancient Silk Road will promote regional economicdevelopment and infrastructure construction, and bring new investment and jobs to thecountry, said Baynazarova.
In addition, the transport corridor could bring new government revenues, including transitduties levied on commodities passing through the country, she said.
Stanislav Pritchin, an expert with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academyof Sciences, said China's role in Central Asia has been comprehensively enhanced.
The expert referred to China as a major investor and trade partner for Central Asiancountries.
China, with its huge foreign exchange reserves, has helped Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan andother countries in the region to tide over financial crises, he said. By doing so, Chinaacquired opportunities to conduct energy cooperation with these countries, he added.
Trend News Agency, a private media outlet in Azerbaijan, said in a report that the SCOprime ministers' meeting has yielded fruitful results.
During the meeting, heads of government of the SCO member states discussed a widerange of topics, especially their cooperation in such fields as trade, economy, science andtechnology, culture and people-to-people exchanges, said the report.
A Russian news website, www.centrasia.ru, reported Li's talks with his Tajik counterpart,Kokhir Rasulzoda, on the sidelines of the meeting.
Rasulzoda said during the talks that the fruitful cooperation between Tajikistan and Chinahas boosted his country's economic development and people's livelihood, according to thereport.
Tajikistan welcomes investment from China and is willing to promote bilateral cooperation,in a bid to enrich the strategic partnership between the two sides, Rasulzoda was quoted assaying.
12news.uz, a news website in Uzbekistan, reported Uzbek Prime Minister ShavkatMirziyoev's speech at the meeting.
In his speech, Mirziyoev spoke highly of the support provided to Uzbekistan by other SCOmember states, in particular China's preferential loans that had helped the country developsome key areas of the national economy.
Other news portals of Uzbekistan, including the official National News Agency, theInformation Agency Jahon of the foreign ministry, and the newspaper Narodnoye Slove,also covered Li's visit to the country in detail, saying it would lift bilateral relations to ahigher level.
According to a poll released by the Evaluation and Strategic Research Institute, anindependent think-tank in Romania, 92 percent of the respondents knew the Chinesepremier's trip to Romania and attendance at the leaders' meeting of China and Central andEastern European (CEE) countries.
The poll also showed that 79 percent of the respondents were aware of the 10-billion-U.S.-dollar special credit line, aimed at boosting trade and economic cooperation betweenthe two sides.
In a commentary, the Polish News Agency said relations between China and CEE countriesare at their best level in history.
The daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and other mainstream media in Poland reprinted Li'sspeech at the meeting, saying it charted a course for the development of cooperationbetween the two sides.
Romania's policy analysis journal "Cabran Poligic" published an article by foreign policyanalyst Gabriela Iongiga on its website on Saturday, saying Chinese Premier Li has wonthe most important image at the annual meeting of the heads of government of China andCentral and Eastern European countries and the Third China-Central and Eastern EuropeEconomic and Trade Forum held in Bucharest.
The event is not only an excellent opportunity to remember the long-term friendly tiesbetween Romania and China, but also an concrete step by the Romanian government toturn good intentions, shown when Prime Minister Victor Ponta visited Beijing earlier thisyear, into a truly viable partnership, Iongiga said in the article.
China and Eastern European countries tend to give priority to economic pragmatism,especially during a difficult time of the global economic crisis, and the Romanianleader'summit with China is a chance for Romania, Iongiga added.
Hungarian newspaper "Magyar Nemzet" published an article on Nov. 27 on its website,noting that, regarding China, Hungary's policy of "openning up to the east" seems effective.
The first important economic agreements have emerged at the summit held in Bucharestbetween China and Central and Eastern European countries, the newspaper said.
In Budapest, China, Hungary and Serbia have reached a tripartite agreement on theBudapest-Belgrade railway modernization, which will be financed by China, it said.
China has started to make investment preparations in Budapest to boost food trade andseveral more agreements are expected to be signed soon. For Hungarian businessmen, thereform policy announced by China is encouraging, the newspaper said.
The Bucharest summit is successful, it said. Central and Eastern European countries withinand outside the EU for the first time showed up on an international diplomatic occasion andspoke with one voice in coordination with China.
The Voice of Russia published an article on its website on Nov. 27, stressing Europe helpsthe world recognize the Chinese currency -- the yuan.
China strengthens diplomatic lobbying of the yuan as an international currency, the articlesaid.
Premier Li, at the Bucharest meeting, offered to actively conduct mutual settlementsbetween the yuan, euro and other European currencies.
Li hoped to expand the boundaries of the use of the yuan through Central and EasternEurope, it said. China will open a line of credit to Europeans at 10 billion dollars for jointinfrastructure projects.
China's role in Central Asia is increasing and China has been pursuing its goals in CentralAsia and striving to fulfill its tasks, said Pritchin.