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Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Arijandas Šliupas together with the leaders of Lianyungang region (People's Republic of China) opened The China (Lianyungang) Silk Road International Logistics Expo and marked the symbolic beginning of the New Silk Road initiative, the ministry reports.
Arijandas Šliupas
Arijandas Šliupas
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

"The New Silk Road is a foundation of integration policy, while logistics and transport are essential elements of it," said the deputy minister.

According to the representatives of Lianyungang, China hopes to enhance cooperation by connecting the European and Asian continents. Therefore, a tremendous achievement would be reached if single transport system connecting the Baltic Sea and the Pacific Ocean through Lithuania was created. However, in order to implement the New Silk Road it is important to cooperate with strong and reliable partners.

Lithuania has ambitious and motivated workforce along with modern developed infrastructure. In addition, the country is partnering in such international projects that impact the whole region. Therefore, Lithuania, in Europe, can and should become a strong reference point for the New Silk Road.

According to the Chinese representatives, they do highly appreciate that experienced so-called transport countries as Lithuania are participating in the project, and underline that this conference represents a great platform for consultations.

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