Xi Jinping Meets with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan

On June 13, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan in Bishkek.

Xi Jinping congratulated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on taking office as President of Kazakhstan and applauded his important contributions to promoting the development of bilateral relations. Xi Jinping stressed that China-Kazakhstan relations enjoy stable and long-term development and grow stronger with the passage of time. China-Kazakhstan relations have witnessed leapfrog development over the past 27 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations. The achievement is attributed to the care and promotion by leaders of the two countries for generations and ought to be doubly cherished. Hailing the solid foundation, clear direction and steady progress in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative by the two countries, Xi Jinping called for firmly grasping the general direction of cooperation and deepening alignment of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the New Economic Policy of the "Bright Road" so that China-Kazakhstan cooperation could benefit the peoples of the two countries and the region more widely. The two countries should actively promote trade and investment facilitation, strengthen cooperation in production capacity, agriculture, high technology, finance, transport and logistics and that at local levels, and constantly create more growth areas for cooperation. Both countries should make more efforts on people-to-people connectivity projects in a bid to enhance mutual understanding between the young people of both countries. The Chinese side is ready to enhance cooperation with the Kazakh side within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia to make greater contributions to regional security and development.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed that I appreciate President Xi Jinping for congratulating me on my assumption as President of Kazakhstan. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev conveyed congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Developing relations with China will remain a priority in Kazakhstan's foreign policy, which is significant to the development of Kazakhstan as well as to stability and prosperity of the region, and accords with the interests of the two peoples. Committed to deepening the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, the Kazakh side is ready to maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen cooperation in such areas as trade, transport, logistics and digital economy as well as intensify multilateral coordination with the Chinese side.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.

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