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Kazakhstan's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev Meets with Wang Yi
2020/09/13

On September 12, 2020 local time, Kazakhstan's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nur-Sultan.

Wang Yi firstly conveyed a verbal message from President Xi Jinping to Nursultan Nazarbayev. Wang Yi said, the achievements of China-Kazakhstan relations today are a result of efforts and wisdom of Chinese leaders and Mr. President. As the world is undergoing great changes unseen in a century, China-Kazakhstan relations with lasting and steady development and rich connotation are directly related to the future of the two countries and two nations. No matter how the international situation changes, the Chinese side will always give priority to its relationship with Kazakhstan in terms of its neighborhood diplomacy. China will not waver in or change its confidence and resolve to deepen friendship and cooperation with Kazakhstan.

Wang Yi said, President Xi Jinping proposed the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt at the Nazarbayev University seven years ago, which received your support at the scene. China and Kazakhstan have taken the lead in the world in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative by aligning the development strategies and starting production capacity cooperation. The two countries have launched a series of cooperative projects with strategic significance, which generated great guiding and demonstration effects. Currently, China and Kazakhstan are both committed to the great cause of realizing the prosperity of the country and national rejuvenation. The two sides should deepen political mutual trust, firmly follow the development path in line with national conditions, and provide strong support and backing for each others' stability and development. President Xi Jinping has offset out the goal of fostering a new "dual-cycle" development pattern with domestic cycle as the mainstay and domestic and international development reinforcing each other, which will offer a vast market and opportunities for countries around the world, including the Kazakh side. The Chinese side will continue to support the Kazakh side in its fight against COVID-19 to the best of its ability and give priority to the needs of the Kazakh side and other neighbors when the vaccines are successfully developed.

Nursultan Nazarbayev thanked President Xi Jinping for his important verbal message and asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed, I cherish the friendship with President Xi Jinping. I was deeply touched when President Xi Jinping awarded me the Friendship Medal during the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing last year. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is the first foreign minister to pay a formal visit to Kazakhstan after the outbreak of the COVID-19, which represents that the Chinese side attaches importance to its relations with Kazakhstan and the high level of political mutual trust between China and Kazakhstan. The Kazakh side speaks highly of the Chinese side in successfully combating COVID-19 and becoming the only major country that has achieved positive economic growth. China's new "dual cycle" development pattern will provide broad opportunities for Kazakhstan-China cooperation. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China will surely achieve its fixed grand development goals. The Kazakh side will firmly support the domestic and foreign policies put forward by China and appreciate its endeavors in safeguarding multilateralism and preserving international fairness and justice. The Kazakh side will continue to support, as always, the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and push forward the development of the permanent comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

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