Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during an 11 September meeting in Beijing to “develop a long-term, strategic and comprehensive partnership”, reports The Akorda, writes Dilshat Zhussupova.
“We believe that China’s success is an important basis for the development of cooperation between our countries,” said Tokayev who paid his first state visit to China as Kazakhstan’s head of state. “This agreement, reached at the highest level, is a solid legal and political basis for further cooperation.”
Following the talks between the heads of state, several agreements were signed including an agreement on cooperation between the Kazakh and Chinese governments in aviation search and rescue of civil aircrafts, a memorandum of understanding between the Kazakh and Chinese governments on the implementation of the cooperation plan for the connectivity of the Nurly Zhol new economic policy and the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt, an agreement on cooperation between the Kazakh and Chinese governments on the project of China providing Kazakhstan with a supercomputer; a memorandum between the Kazakh Ministry of Finance and the Chinese General Administration of Customs on strengthening cooperation in border protection of intellectual property rights, a memorandum of understanding between the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, a protocol between the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the Chinese General Administration of Customs on inspection, quarantine and veterinary and sanitary requirements for dairy products exported from Kazakhstan to China; a protocol between the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the Chinese General Administration of Customs on inspection, quarantine and veterinary and sanitary requirements for wool raw materials exported from Kazakhstan to China, a protocol between the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the Chinese General Customs Administration on inspection, quarantine and veterinary and sanitary requirements for flax exported from Kazakhstan to China; and a technical specification of the exchange of preliminary information on goods and vehicles transported across the customs borders of Kazakhstan and China.
“Our meeting takes place on the eve of the 70th anniversary of China. This is a major historical date. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and the people of China on this date. China approaches this anniversary with great success in socioeconomic and political development. I believe this event is of great historical importance not only for China but also for the whole world. The whole world is watching the development of your state with great attention,” Tokayev said during his Sept. 11 meeting with Xi.
In turn, Xi praised Kazakhstan’s development and Kazakhstan’s First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“Under the leadership of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, your country has achieved impressive success, creating a model of development with national specifics. When you became President, you put forward the three principles of your policy – continuity, justice and progress. Your goals are to develop the economy, create jobs, combat corruption and increase the level of social security. All these meet the aspirations of the people of Kazakhstan. All your undertakings aim towards this. I wish the friendly people of Kazakhstan well-being and prosperity,” Xi addressed Tokayev.
Tokayev also met in China with Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang, congratulating him on the upcoming 1 October 70th anniversary of China. He noted Kazakh-Chinese relations have succeeded in the economy and the development of transport and logistics. The Premier also said Tokayev’s state visit to China will strengthen relations will.
The two heads of state have previously met at the 13-14 June Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek, where the SCO member states adopted the Bishkek Declaration to promote peace, human rights and development through cooperation.