Kazakhstan and China have great potential for promoting bilateral relations – President of Kazakhstan
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in an expanded format, Akorda’s press service reported.
After the official welcoming ceremony, the leaders of the two countries held talks in an expanded format.
In his welcoming speech, the Head of State expressed gratitude for the invitation to make a state visit and noted the traditionally warm reception provided by the Chinese side.
“First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on your re-election to the highest state post and on the successful holding of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, which became a world-wide event in the framework of building socialism with the Chinese characteristics”, the President of Kazakhstan said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the increasing role of the Communist Party of China as the foundation of the statehood of the country in the implementation of the “Chinese dream”.
The Head of State paid attention to the high dynamics of the Kazakh-Chinese relations, having pointed out that since 2012 18 meetings at the highest level have taken place.
“During this time, we signed 127 bilateral documents for a total of about 67 billion dollars. We need to continue this dialogue. The volume of mutual trade reached almost 11 billion dollars, with growth of more than 30 percent. We have even greater potential for promoting bilateral relations”, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The President of Kazakhstan highly appreciated the personal contribution of the Chinese Chairman to the progressive development of good-neighborly relations in the spirit of friendship, equality, mutual cooperation and respect for state sovereignty.
“Our cooperation has been further strengthened within the framework of your initiative to build the Economic belt of the Silk Road”, Nursultan Nazarbayev concluded.
The Chairman of China, in turn, noted the high level of development of bilateral cooperation, which became an example of good-neighborliness, and pointed to the strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation in implementing joint infrastructure initiatives, including the “One Belt, One Road” program.
“We are ready together with Kazakhstan to follow the path of building the common destiny of mankind and make intellectual and physical efforts to create a brighter future for mankind. I am ready to manage with you the steering wheel of a large ship of Chinese-Kazakh friendship”, Xi Jinping said.
During the talks, the Chinese side expressed interest in supplying environmentally friendly Kazakh agricultural products to its market, deepening bilateral cooperation in energy, oil and gas, new technologies and digitalization, as well as cultural and humanitarian ties.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of State invited the PRC Chairman to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan.
As a result of the visit, the following documents were signed:
1. Joint statement of Kazakhstan and China.
2. Agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and the Government of China on cooperation in preventing the illegal movement of nuclear materials, radioactive materials, radioactive waste and radiation-hazardous items.
3. Framework Agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and the Government of China on granting a soft loan by China.
4. Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Finance of China.
5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and the State Committee for Development and Reform of China on the joint development of the China-Kazakhstan cooperation plan in the field of production capacities and investments.
6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and the State Committee for Development and Reforms of China on approval of the list of joint projects in the field of industrialization and investment and mechanisms for its formation.
7. Memorandum on cooperation in the field of electronic commerce between the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Commerce of China.
8. Protocol between the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Main Customs Administration of China on inspection, quarantine and veterinary-sanitary requirements for beef exported from Kazakhstan to China.
9. Protocol of sanitary and phytosanitary requirements for exports of alfalfa hay from Kazakhstan to China between the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Main Customs Administration of China.
Source: Kazakhstan 2050