Chance to pro­vide real so­lu­tions

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By REN QI renqi@chi­

The G20 Sum­mit is a huge event for the global econ­omy and fi­nan­cial sys­tem, and the pres­i­dent of Kaza­khstan will raise pro­pos­als and dis­cuss international con­cerns with other lead­ers, the coun­try’s am­bas­sador to China said.

This is not the first G20 Sum­mit for Kaza­khstan as a guest coun­try as it was in­vited to the G20 Sum­mit in St Peters­burg by the host na­tionRus­sia in Septem­ber 2013.

Shakhrat Nury­shev, the Kaza­khstan’s am­bas­sador to China, said Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbaye will join dis­cus­sions about the global econ­omy, and look for so­lu­tions to prob­lems caused by the eco­nomic cri­sis with other world lead­ers.

Be­ing the first coun­try to rec­og­nize the in­de­pen­dence of Kaza­khstan, China es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with the former Soviet repub­lic on Jan 3, 1992.

“China has al­ways played a spe­cial role in Kazakh diplo­matic poli­cies, and both coun­tries agree to fur­ther en­hance high­level po­lit­i­cal talks and strengthen eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion,” Nury­shev said.

Nury­shev told China Daily that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Nazarbaye will hold talks in Hangzhou, and sign sev­eral agree­ments about en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, rail­way con­struc­tion and agri­cul­ture.

More­over, a new deal about co­op­er­a­tion con­cern­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the Nurly Zho pol­icy, a key de­vel­op­ment plan in Kaza­khstan, will be of ma­jor ben­e­fit to both coun­tries.

The pol­icy, which was launched byNazarbaye in Novem­ber 2014, is a per­fect match to China’s Belt and Road ini­tia­tives, ac­cord­ing to Nury­shev.

He said both strate­gies will fo­cus on re­al­iz­ing the po­ten­tial of trans­porta­tion ca­pac­ity, and just like the Belt and Road, Nurly Zho also tar­gets sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of trade and in­vest­ment.

Kaza­khstan has al­ready started its largest trans­porta­tion in­no­va­tion pro­ject, with to­tal in­vest­ment ex­pected to reach $40 bil­lion in 2020. Some com­pleted projects, such as the “West­ern Europe-West­ern China” International Road­way Cor­ri­dor, are seen as an in­te­gral part of the mod­ern Silk Road.

Nury­shev noted that Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, to­gether with the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion and Eurasian Eco­nomicUnion, can be more con­nected, and pro­vide a clear di­rec­tion to multi­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

YangCheng, deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Rus­sian Stud­ies at the East China Nor­mal Univer­sity in Shang­hai, said Kaza­khstan pays a great deal of at­ten­tion to its mid- and long-term projects.

“And the Nurly Zho pol­icy is a pro­ject that, on one hand aims at sat­is­fy­ing the strate­gic need of the de­vel­op­ment of Kaza­khstan, and on the other hand hopes to boost in­dus­try in­no­va­tion with the help of the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt.”

China and Kaza­khstan have main­tained close co­op­er­a­tion in the past few years, and the re­gional pow­er­house has al­ways been a strong sup­porter of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

In­deed, Xi first raised the pro­posal of the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt dur­ing a speech in Nazarbayev Univer­sity in Septem­ber 2013 in As­tana, Kaza­khstan.

SHAKHRAT NURY­SHEV Kaza­khstan’s Am­bas­sador to China

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