Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Turkmenistan Sun Weidong said that China imported 250 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Turkmenistan, in an exclusive interview on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which will be celebrated on October 1.

According to the Turkmenportal.com news site, in 2009, Turkmenistan became the largest gas supplier in China with the commissioning of the Turkmenistan-China Natural Gas Pipeline with a length of more than 1800 km passing through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Ambassador Weidong stated that the Turkmenistan-China Natural Gas Pipeline, the longest cross-border gas pipeline in the world, deserves to be called the New Century’s energetic Silk Road, and that this line is an exemplary model of cooperation in building China’s One Belt-One Road policy.

Ambassador Weidong said, “This cooperation between China and Turkmenistan on natural gas provided China with a long-term and stable source of natural gas and paved the way for the creation of alternative routes for natural gas exports to China. The Turkmenistan-China Natural Gas Pipeline has become an important source of foreign exchange income for Turkmenistan and has contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of Turkmenistan.”

Ambassador Weidong stated that they are ready to cooperate with Turkmenistan to expand and deepen the cooperation on energy as the Chinese side; to ensure the safe and stable operation of the Turkmenistan-China Natural Gas Pipeline; to cooperate in renewable energy sources such as natural gas processing, solar and wind energy within the framework of cooperation. He also stressed the need to encourage the development of energy cooperation between China and Turkmenistan.