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Tunisia’s strategic position helps it play key role in imlementing new “21st century Silk Roads”

Tunisia’s strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean will help it play an important role in the establishment of new 21st century Silk Roads, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sabri Bachtobji estimated on Tuesday.

The 21st century Silk Roads is a Chinese project that aspires to resuscitate the old silk roads by connecting Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa while also extending to Oceania and Latin America through the construction of roads, railways, maritime and technology routes, oil and gas pipelines, as well as ports.

According to Bachtobji, discussions on Tunisia’s accession to this project are quite advanced.

Tunisia’s accession to this project will help the country draw benefits at the political, economic, cultural and social levels. It will also help the country promote its co-operation with china and step up Chinese investments in Tunisia so as to create job opportunities for young Tunisians, he pointed out on the fringes of the first international conference on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: the Return of the Silk Road to the Mediterranean” (April 10-11 in Tunis) at the initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) foundation in collaboration with consulting firm, Global Prospect Intelligence.

Tunisian-Chinese relations date back to 1964, Bachtobji noted. These relations have experienced a remarkable development in the political, cultural, economic and social fields through building major projects such as El Menzah V Sports Centre and the Sfax University Health Centre, he recalled.

Both parties are seeking to adjust the value of trade exchanges mainly following the decision of the Central Bank of Tunisia to introduce the Chinese Yuan in its foreign currency reserves.

Taking the floor, Founder of the Global Prospect Intelligence firm and Expert in analysing geopolitical risks Mehdi Tej said that Tunisia’s accession to this project will have an impact at the geopolitical and geo-economics levels.

This project will change international and regional policies at the geopolitical and geo-economic levels and balances, he affirmed.

China began through this project an economic power projection, and especially strategic and geopolitical, with a goal to become the first economic and military power in 2049, he explained.

It is a major strategy that aims to give back to china its geopolitical and geo-economic centrality through investments in maritime, air and terrestrial infrastructures, Tej indicated.

This colossal infrastructure project is valued at 5,000 billion USD and includes almost 65 countries with a total of 4.5 billion inhabitants, representing around 55% of the global GDP and 75% of worldwide energy resources, KAS Foundation said in a press release.

Source: TAP News Agency

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