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China, Kazakhstan upgrade strategic partnership with new deals
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Kazakh counterpart agreed
Monday that their two countries will develop an all-round strategic
The two sides also agreed to double bilateral trade volume by
2015 and hold regular meetings between their prime ministers.
Hu and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev held talks Monday
afternoon on bilateral links as well as major regional and international
issues of common concern.
The heads of state have reached important consensus, Hu told
a press briefing after the talks.
During the talks, Hu said that since the two countries established
diplomatic relations nearly 20 years ago, China and Kazakhstan
have resolved border problems left over by history, signed the
China-Kazakhstan Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation,
forged a strategic partnership and formulated China-Kazakhstan
Cooperation Strategy for the 21st Century.
Bilateral relations have seen rapid growth in a comprehensive
way especially since July 2005 when the two nations forged a
strategic partnership, he said, adding that bilateral cooperation
in various areas has also entered a brand new development stage.
Hu put forward a six-point proposal for the development of China-Kazakhstan
all-round strategic partnership.
Firstly, he said the two countries should become sincere and
trustworthy partners in political cooperation.
Political mutual trust is the cornerstone of China-Kazakhstan
all-round strategic partnership, he said.
The two sides should maintain contact at all levels and in various
areas, continuously enhance mutual understanding and trust and
strengthen mutual support on issues concerning each other's core
interests, he added.
Hu said China will, as always, support Kazakhstan in choosing
its own way of development according to its national conditions
and will also support the country's efforts in safeguarding national
sovereignty and security and promoting national development.
Secondly, Hu said the two countries should forge a mutually
beneficial and win-win partnership in trade and economic cooperation.
He said the two countries shall activate the mechanism of regular
meetings between the two countries' prime ministers at a proper
time so as to give full play to the role of China-Kazakhstan
cooperation committee and its sub-committees.
Hu also expressed the hope that the two nations could expand
their trade to 40 billion U.S. dollars by 2015.
The two sides should strengthen cooperation in clean energy
and new energy, including nuclear energy, solar energy and wind
energy, Hu said.
Meanwhile, he said China supports Kazakhstan's bid to join the
World Trade Organization (WTO) and encourages cooperation between
companies of the two countries, Hu said.
He added that China is ready to provide financial support for
large-scale cooperation projects that interest both sides, expressing
the hope that Kazakhstan could offer facilitation to Chinese
companies that invest and start up businesses in the country.
Thirdly, Hu said the two countries should become partners in
cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
He said China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan
in the areas of culture, education, tourism, health and media,
adding that China will continue to increase scholarship quota
for Kazakh students.
Fourthly, Hu said the two countries should also become partners
in science and technology cooperation.
He said China encourages close communication and exchanges between
scientific research institutes and hi-tech enterprises of the
two countries and expressed the hope that the two sides would
give full play to each other's advantages and strengthen cooperation
in such areas as aviation and space.
Fifthly, Hu said China and Kazakhstan should continue to be
good partners that support each other in security cooperation.
He said China is willing to join hands with Kazakhstan to combat
the "three forces" of extremism, separatism and terrorism
and organized crime such as drug trafficking.
Finally, Hu said that China and Kazakhstan should continue to
be close partners that support each other in the international
He said China is willing to maintain close communication and
coordination with Kazakhstan on major international and regional
issues, and continue to enhance coordination within multilateral
frameworks such as the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization so as to work together to tackle regional and global
challenges and jointly promote world peace, stability and prosperity.
Nazarbayev, for his part, said that bilateral ties have witnessed
remarkable progress and have reached a new height.
He said that the two heads of state have exchanged frequent
visits over the years, which played a key role in promoting relations
between the two countries.
Nazarbayev also said trade and economic cooperation between
the two countries has witnessed rapid expansion, with their trade
volume hitting a new high, and that China has become a vital
trading partner of Kazakhstan.
He said that marked achievements have been scored in oil and
gas cooperation between China and Kazakhstan, as well as in non-resource
During the talks, Nazarbayev said he agreed with President Hu's
view on developing an all-round strategic partnership between
China and Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan will continue to adhere to the policy of developing
friendly relations with China, said Nazarbayev, adding that Kazakhstan
is willing to work with China to develop the all-round strategic
He urged the two countries to enhance political mutual trust
and maintain cooperation in a wide range of fields such as energy,
transportation, infrastructure, science and technology and culture.
The two sides should enhance security cooperation and strengthen
coordination on international and regional issues, said Nazarbayev.
After the talks, the two leaders signed a joint statement on
developing an all-round strategic partnership between China and
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