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China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Corridor

Syllabus of the Subject: China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor.

  1. Introduction to the China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor (CCWAEC)
  2. The corridor as one of the main axes of the New Silk Road
  3. Member countries of the Corridor: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey
  4. Main characteristics of the China-Central Asia-Western Asia Economic Corridor
  5. The corridor as an alternative to maritime transport between China-Iran-Europe
  6. Connections of the China-Central Asia-Western Asia Economic Corridor
    1. Connection to Afghanistan (Kabul)
    2. Connection with the railway systems of the Middle East
      1. The Turkey-Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) Section
    3. The future extension to Ukraine through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia.

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Description - The China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor.

The objective of the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor is to interconnect the rail systems between China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey.

That is to say, it allows to unite China (Uruqmi, Xinjiang via Alashankou, border with Kazakhstan) with the Mediterranean Sea (Ankara, Turkey)

This is one of the main axes of the new Silk Road; It connects the Chinese province of Xinjiang with the Mediterranean Sea, through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. The Corridor follows the ancient Silk Road.

This initiative is completed with bilateral cooperation agreements between China and the Central Asian States. This corridor aims to better connect all the regional economies to China, but also to Europe, and therefore offers a new intercontinental communication network that will open up Central Asian states.

Route of the China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor

Urumqui (China, Xingiang), China-Kazakhstan border, Almaty, Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border, Bishkek - Kyrgyz-Uzbekistan border, Tashkent, Samarkand - Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border, Dushanbe, Turkmenistan border, Ashgabat, Iran border, Tehran, Turkey border, Ankara, Istanbul.

This corridor connects with:

  1. Tashlente-Aktau connection (Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan)
  2. Dushanbe- Kabul connection (Afghanistan)
  3. Tehran-Bandar Abbas connection (Iran)
  4. Turkey-Riyadh connection (Saudi Arabia)

When the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor is fully operational, shipping goods by train from eastern China to Iran can be done in half the time by sea from the port of Shanghai. The economic impact of the corridor will be extremely important throughout the region.

The corridor is made up of different sections of the corridor, practically all have been implemented.

The Kamchiq Tunnel (Uzbekistan), the longest railway tunnel in Central Asia and a critical project along the Angren-Pap railway line in Uzbekistan, was successfully completed by China Rail Group Limited

A rail connection between China and Afghanistan was launched in 2016, shortening the journey from six months by road to two weeks.

Countries in the area of influence of the China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Mongolia
  4. Pakistan
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Ukraine
  7. Georgia
  8. Russia

Asian regional economic communities related to the China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor

  1. Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Programme (CAREC): Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Iran is an observer country.
  2. Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC): Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
  3. Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia
  4. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO): Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
  5. Economic Cooperation Organisation (OCE): Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  6. Commonwealth of Independent States (CEI): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  7. Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey
  8. Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD): Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Vietnam, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Estonia.
  9. Iran is a member of:
    1. Asian Clearing Union (ACU)
    2. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  10. Turkey is a member of:
    1. Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
    2. Customs Union with the European Union
    3. Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
    4. Regional Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM)
    5. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
    6. Africa-Turkey Partnership
    7. Turkey is an observer country in the Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
  11. China is a member of:
    1. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
    2. Greater Mekong Subregion
    3. Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)

Free Trade Agreements related to the countries of the Corridor

  1. Kazakhstan
    1. Customs Union with Russia and Belarus
    2. Free Trade Agreements with Armenia, Ukraine y Georgia
    3. Collaboration and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union
  2. Kyrgyzstan
    1. Agreement on trade and economic cooperation with Pakistan
    2. Free Trade Agreements with Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
  3. Tajikistan
    1. Free Trade Agreements with Armenia, Ukraine and with the Eurasian Economic Union
  4. Turkmenistan
    1. Free Trade Agreements with Armenia, Georgia and with the Eurasian Economic Union
  5. Uzbekistan
    1. Free Trade Agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia and with the Eurasian Economic Union
  6. Azerbaijan
    1. Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Russia, Ukraine and Georgia
    2. Free Trade Agreement between Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova
    3. Eastern Partnership of the UE
  7. Iran
    1. Free Trade Agreements (FTA) of Iran: Algeria, Armenia, Syria, Venezuela, Pakistan
  8. China
    1. Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN, Singapore, Pakistan, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, European Union, Andean Community...
  9. Turkey
    1. Trade Agreement Chile-Turkey
    2. Free Trade Agreements with the European Free Trade Association, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Georgia and Albania.
  10. Islamic Trade Preferential System (OCI-TPS)

Main Euro-Asian institutions related to the Corridor

  1. Boao Forum for Asia
  2. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  3. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  4. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  5. Colombo Plan

Main Islamic institutions related to the Corridor

  1. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OCI)
  2. Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

The main religions of the region of the China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor are:

  1. Islam
  2. Confucianism
  3. Taoism
  4. Buddhism

The China-Central Asia-Western-Asia Economic Corridor belongs to:

  1. Central Eurasian Economic Area
  2. Sinic Economic Area

International Union of Railways (UIC), Rail-Waterway. Eurasian rail corridors. Combined Transport Rail-Road, Maritime



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