China, Kazakhstan vow to enhance strategic partnership
Beijing, June 6 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese President Hu Jintao and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday vowed to enhance the strategic partnership between the two nations as they held talks in Beijing.
"Boosting neighborly friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperation between China and Kazakhstan is in the fundamental interests of the two nations and has won the most extensive support by the people of the two nations," Hu said during the talks.
The Chinese president said that China attaches importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Kazakhstan.
Hu suggested that the two nations should strengthen their mutual trust with more bilateral interactions and political dialogues, strategically expand consensus and support each other on major issues of common concern in order to safeguard their strategic security situation and development.
Economically, Hu said the two sides should deepen energy cooperation and initiate cooperation in new areas, including nuclear energy, solar energy and wind energy, at early dates.
China and Kazakhstan should also expand their mutual investment and step up sub-national cooperation, Hu added.
During their talks, Hu said the two nations should make more joint efforts to fight the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism and combat drug trafficking and other cross-border organized crime more effectively.
Moreover, Hu suggested the two nations boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges and strengthen their coordination in international affairs.
Echoing Hu's suggestions on bilateral cooperation, Nazarbayev said the Kazakh side is satisfied with the bilateral economic cooperation, and will continue to carry out petroleum and gas projects and explore new key areas of cooperation in agriculture, technology and bio-medicine, among other areas.
The Kazakh president said Kazakhstan welcomes Chinese investment in the Central Asian country's transport infrastructure, and hopes that the pace of the trans-border railway and highway projects between the two countries will be quickened.
The Kazakh side will continue its firm support of China's efforts to fight the "three evil forces," Nazarbayev said.
Kazakhstan and China share the same or similar stances on major international and regional issues, said the Kazakh president, adding that his government is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly safeguard regional peace, stability and development.
Nazarbayev arrived in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon to visit China and attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Beijing.
During his visit, which he is making as a guest of President Hu, Nazarbayev will attend the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO in Beijing from Wednesday to Thursday. (Xinhua-ANI)
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