From August 12 to 16, 2019, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Hong Liang led a joint working team to the borderline of Xinjiang for field investigations of the daily maintenance of boundary lines and pillars, the cross-border rivers, the border infrastructure construction as well as the development and opening up of the border areas.
Director-General Hong led the team to the China-Afghanistan border, China-Pakistan border, China-Tajikistan border and China-Kazakhstan border successively. They made on-the-spot investigations of boundary lines and pillars, border and border defense facilities, border defense posts and guard duty posts along regions such as the 5000-meter-high Pamir Plateau and Wakhan Corridor in southern Xinjiang as well as Ili Valley in northern Xinjiang. They visited the China-Pakistan Khunjerab-Sost Port, China-Tajikistan Karasu-Kulma Port, China-Kazakhstan Dulat-Kolzhat Port and Horgos International Frontier Cooperation Center. And a symposium was held in Urumqi to absorb the comments and suggetions from border-related departments of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. Director-General Hong said that Xinjiang has achieved positive results in border-related works, effectively maintaining order and tranquility in border areas. In face of the profound changes unseen in a century, we should identify the historical setting of border management in the new era from the overall perspective of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests. We should further strengthen the overall coordination of border-related departments, earnestly consolidate tranquility in border areas, and increase investment in border infrastructure construction in the meantime, so as to create a safe and stable environment for people’s work and life. We should study and explore measures and approaches to expand opening up, and give full play to the location advantages of Xinjiang as the heartland of the Eurasian continent, so as to build a bridgehead for the westward development of the Belt and Road initiative and for the building of the grand Eurasian passage.