|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov of Kazakhstan|
On March 28, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov of Kazakhstan at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing.
Wang Yi expressed that China and Kazakhstan are friendly neighboring countries and comprehensive strategic partners. Under the leadership of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan has made well-recognized achievements in national building and is playing an increasingly important role in international and regional affairs. The Chinese side speaks highly of the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s outstanding contributions to promoting the friendly cause between China and Kazakhstan. The new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is also an old friend of the Chinese people, who met with Chinese envoys in Kazakhstan first once he took office. And Mr. Foreign Minister chose China as the first country after taking office. These gestures fully show the Kazakh government’s firm will and sincere wishes to continuously promote the development of bilateral relations. We have every confidence in the development prospects of Kazakhstan, as well as the future of China-Kazakhstan relations.
Wang Yi pointed out that the two sides should maintain close high-level exchanges and enhance political mutual trust. The Chinese side welcomes the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China. Since President Xi Jinping put forward the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 in Kazakhstan, China and Kazakhstan first reached consensus on jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative and carried out practical cooperation. The two sides should renew their efforts and work together in constantly promoting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The two countries should deepen the integration of development strategies to boost the development of each country, tap into the potential of bilateral trade to forge a new cooperation landscape, steadily push forward the production capacity cooperation to realize strengths compliment and to serve as a model, strengthen connectivity construction to benefit countries and people along the Belt and Road route, as well as intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and reinforce youth exchanges between the two countries. Both sides should deepen security cooperation, jointly safeguard the security and stability of the two countries and the region, maintain close cooperation in international and regional affairs, and enhance coordination and cooperation in international organizations such as the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
Beibut Atamkulov said that Kazakhstan and China are strategic partners of good-neighborliness and friendship, with the bilateral relations always developing at a high level. Developing its relations with China is the priority of Kazakhstan’s diplomacy. The Kazakh side will continue to implement the important consensus reached by the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Xi Jinping and constantly strengthen and deepen strategic cooperation relations between Kazakhstan and China. The new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev knows China very well and attaches great importance to developing relations with China. As the Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative of the century with historic significance and global influence, the Kazakh side stands ready to work with the Chinese side to jointly push the building of the Belt and Road Initiative and continuously implement projects of production capacity cooperation. The Kazakh side will endeavor to expand bilateral trade volume and enhance cooperation in such areas as agriculture, energy, industry, talents training and infrastructure construction. The Kazakh side is willing to enhance security cooperation and enhance coordination in international and regional affairs with the Chinese side. The Kazakh side understands and supports the measures taken in Xinjiang to combat the “three forces” and to ensure regional security and stability.
After the talks, both sides jointly signed the memorandum of cooperation between the two foreign ministries from 2020 to 2022.