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China’s foreign minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from five Central Asian countries met in Xi’an, and agreed on the launch of Central Asian Silk Road Archaeological Cooperation Research Centre

On May 12, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted the second “China+ Central Asia” (C+C5) Foreign Minister’s Meeting and met five Central Asian countries’ foreign ministers in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province. Wang Yi called for efforts to jointly build a belt of mutually beneficial cooperation and development to forge a regional community with a shared future. He also welcomed all sides to actively participate in setting up "Silk Road Archaeological Cooperation Research Center" in China’s Northwest University.

As one of the first Archaeology majors in China, this discipline in Northwest University was established in 1956. the Archaeology major in Northwest University was rated A+, and together with the major of Protection of Cultural Relics, were selected as the national first-class majors in the Fourth National Discipline Evaluation by the Ministry of Education in China in 2017.

Northwest University will further enhance its national-leading disciplinary competitiveness in the two majors: Archaeology and Protection of Cultural Relics. The launch of the Silk Road Archaeological Cooperation Research Centre serves as an opportunity for Northwest University to collaborate with high-level universities and academic institutions along the Silk Road in building an open and shared platform for academic exchanges. Northwest University, in partnership with its counterparts in Central Asian countries, is committed to bolstering prosperity in academia, and people-to-people exchanges, and invigorate the Silk Road spirit, which is embodied in solidarity and mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit, inclusiveness, a disposition to learn from each other, and cooperation in finding win-win solutions. With the joint efforts to boost the sense of historic and cultural identity of people in countries along the Silk Road, a China-Central Asian community for mankind with a shared future would surely be built.