Zhang Gaoli Meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Chairs the 8th Meeting of China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Committee

On April 18, 2017 local time, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met respectively in Astana with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintaev of Kazakhstan, and held the 8th meeting of China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Committee with First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Uzakbaiuly Mamin.

In the meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev, Zhang Gaoli first conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes from President Xi Jinping. Zhang Gaoli said that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Kazakhstan diplomatic relations. The two countries constantly consolidate political mutual trust, solidly advance practical cooperation, and have become a community of shared interests and future in a real sense. My visit this time is mainly to push forward the implementation of various important consensus reached by the two heads of state previously, and make preparation for the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2017. Under the personal care and joint promotion of the two heads of state, China and Kazakhstan achieved fruitful outcomes from the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, and the scale and quality of bilateral cooperation stepped into a new stage. For the next step, both sides should, in accordance with the plan and deployment of the two heads of state, further strengthen the integration of development strategies, deepen cooperation in major fields, and actively expand cooperation areas, so as to ensure sustained and greater achievements of bilateral cooperation. China welcomes President Nursultan Nazarbayev to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) this May, and take this as an opportunity to push bilateral practical cooperation for new progress.

Nursultan Nazarbayev asked Zhang Gaoli to convey his warm greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. Nursultan Nazarbayev said that at present, Kazakhstan-China relations are at the best level of history and have become a model of comprehensive strategic partnerships. Kazakhstan’s great development in recent years cannot be achieved without China’s strong supports. Kazakhstan firmly adheres to China’s domestic and foreign policies and completely supports the “Belt and Road” initiative. He would be very glad to attend the BRF at invitation, and discuss about the integration of bilateral development strategies in detail with President Xi Jinping.

In the meeting with Bakytzhan Sagintaev, Zhang Gaoli conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes from Premier Li Keqiang. Zhang Gaoli expressed that China and Kazakhstan enjoy high-degree of political mutual trust, great complementary advantages in industries, and strong nongovernmental willingness to cooperate. Both sides should make full use of the production capacity and investment dialogue mechanism, strengthen information communication and policy coordination, actively advance cooperation in production capacity, constantly expand economic and trade cooperation, and promote the healthy development of bilateral trade. Both sides should actively push forward the consultation and signing of the new version of investment protection agreement, make innovation in financing and guarantee methods, and enhance cooperation in investment and financing. The two sides should also further expand agricultural cooperation as well as cooperation in such fields as demonstration planting, animal husbandry and breeding industry, and agriculture products processing. Both sides should steadily advance cooperation in energy, and jointly well operate China-Kazakhstan crude oil and natural gas pipelines. Both sides should also actively propel connectivity, and strengthen bilateral cooperation in joint supervision in customs and other fields. Zhang Gaoli hopes that both sides could reach an agreement as soon as possible on holding activities within the “China Tourism Year” framework in Kazakhstan within 2017.

Bakytzhan Sagintaev asked Zhang Gaoli to convey his warm greetings and sound wishes to Premier Li Keqiang. Bakytzhan Sagintaev expressed that Kazakhstan attaches great importance to developing its relations with China, and the high level of bilateral relations was fully proved by intensive exchanges between the two heads of state. Earnestly implementing the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, Kazakhstan-China Cooperation Committee has achieved positive outcomes in various fields. Both sides should further deepen cooperation in innovation, constantly improve the scale and level of trade, and strive to realize a two-way trade volume of 40 billion USD in 2020.

On the same day, Zhang Gaoli held the 8th meeting of China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Committee with Askar Uzakbaiuly Mamin. Both sides agreed to comprehensively deepen the “Belt and Road” construction, earnestly and well implement the China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Outline on Docking the Silk Road Economic Belt Construction and the New Economic Policy of the “Bright Road”, continuously push forward cooperation in production capacity, economy, trade, energy and finance, constantly expand cooperation in connectivity, actively conduct cross-border cooperation in water resource, environmental protection, and people-to-people and cultural engagement, and strengthen bilateral cooperation in security, so as to jointly push forward bilateral cooperation towards a higher standard, a deeper level and a broader space.

During the meeting, Zhang Gaoli and Askar Uzakbaiuly Mamin jointly witnessed the off-line ceremony of China-Kazakhstan cooperation project on production capacity—Chinese automobiles assembled in Kazakhstan. After the meeting, both sides signed the minutes.

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