Text by Chu Jiwang
In September 2013, following thehonor of joining a delegation travelingwith President Xi Jinping to theConference on the Establishmentof the Sino-Kazakhstan EntrepreneursCommittee in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan,I joined several other Chineseentrepreneurs in setting off from Alma-Atato Bishkek, the capital of Kyrghyzstan, toattend a meeting of the Business Councilof the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO), held lakeside of Issyk-kul.
On our way to the lake by bus rollingthrough ravines and across deserts, wesaw no shadows of birds or animals andonly the desolation of the great wilderness.“What pitiful land,” some complained.“Nature is fair,” another argued. “It hasabundant untouched reserves of gold, coal,petroleum, and natural gas. If it was developed,it would become a busy metropolis.”
We finally arrived at the lake after a16-hour drive. The world was totally different.Seeing nothing but a vast expanse ofdesert for 300 kilometers, we were stunnedby almost everything along the lake feeding our eyes – every blade of grass, fresh andalive, every little flower bud, and a pool ofcrystal water – full of vigor and vitality, notto mention the surface of the world’s secondlargest alpine lake.......