Sino-Kazakh part­ner­ship be­comes per­ma­nent

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

China and Kaza­khstan agreed on Wed­nes­day to de­velop a per­ma­nent com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship, a diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship that never ap­peared in China’s def­i­ni­tion of bi­lat­eral ties be­fore.

The de­ci­sion came as Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping held talks with Kazakh Pres­i­dent Kassym-Jo­mart Tokayev at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing.

The Kazakh leader, who speaks flu­ent Chi­nese, is mak­ing his first state visit to China from Tues­day to Thurs­day.

Xi and Tokayev signed a joint state­ment af­ter their talks. Wit­nessed by the two pres­i­dents, China and Kaza­khstan signed a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments cov­er­ing such ar­eas as the Belt and Road, agri­cul­ture, trade and civil avi­a­tion.

Hail­ing the China-Kaza­khstan re­la­tion­ship as a model for friendly ties among neigh­bors, Xi said that China would like to deepen co­op­er­a­tion with Kaza­khstan in all ar­eas, boost in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity, up­grade trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, ex­pand science and in­no­va­tion co­op­er­a­tion and strengthen peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

The two coun­tries should firmly safe­guard mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and open global economies and make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to build­ing a fairer global gov­er­nance sys­tem, Xi said.

He called on the two na­tions to pro­mote the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion to play a more pos­i­tive role in re­gional and global af­fairs, en­hance se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion, work to­gether to fight the three evil forces of ter­ror­ism, sep­a­ratism and ex­trem­ism, and join hands to deal with chal­lenges.

In the talks, Xi said that the Com­mu­nist Party of China, which has led the Chi­nese peo­ple to glo­ri­ous achieve­ments in the past 70 years, is lead­ing the Chi­nese peo­ple to strive for the great goal of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Not­ing that the process of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion will never be smooth, Xi said no mat­ter how the ex­ter­nal sit­u­a­tion changes, China will keep its strate­gic fo­cus on its own is­sues, deepen over­all re­form, boost open­ing-up and pro­mote high-qual­ity growth.

China has the ca­pa­bil­ity to deal with all risks and chal­lenges, and no dif­fi­cul­ties or ob­sta­cles will hinder the coun­try’s progress, Xi said, adding that a sta­ble, open and pros­per­ous China is an op­por­tu­nity for the devel­op­ment of the world.

Tokayev con­grat­u­lated Xi on the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

The great achieve­ments made by China in the past decades have not only ben­e­fited the Chi­nese peo­ple but also con­trib­uted to the devel­op­ment of the world and pro­moted the progress of mankind, he said.

Kaza­khstan firmly sup­ports the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and peo­ple to safe­guard their na­tional sovereignt­y, se­cu­rity and in­ter­ests, he said.

Kaza­khstan ex­pects to deepen co­op­er­a­tion with China in such ar­eas as trade, in­fra­struc­ture, en­ergy and 5G tech­nol­ogy, and pro­mote peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes, he added.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and vis­it­ing Kazakh Pres­i­dent Kassym-Jo­mart Tokayev in­spect the honor guard in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

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