Kazakh President, Chinese leader hold talks in Beijing

Kazakh President, Chinese leader hold talks in Beijing

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing. The parties noted the progressive nature of the relations between Kazakhstan and China, with effective interstate cooperation built in all areas. Bilateral trade is flourishing, and investments are on the rise. The countries are currently implementing over 50 joint projects with an investment volume of more than $20 billion. The leaders also discussed prospects for cooperation in the oil and gas sector, petrochemicals, energy, finance, transport and transit, as well as the nuclear industry, mechanical engineering, e-commerce and high-tech.

“The year 2024 has been declared the Year of Kazakhstan’s Tourism in China, which will open up great prospects for this sphere. Favorable conditions are being created for mutual cultural and humanitarian exchange. I believe that Kazakhstan and China have enormous potential for bringing interstate relations to a qualitatively new level. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you, dear Mr. President Xi Jinping, to pay a state visit to Kazakhstan next year,” Tokayev said.

President Tokayev warmly acknowledged the invitation extended by the Chinese leader to take part in the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Tokayev emphasized that Kazakhstan is actively participating in promoting the global initiative. In turn, Xi Jinping expressed his gratitude to him for accepting the invitation and noted the importance of strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation. He highlighted that China fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kazakhstan, as well as the ongoing large-scale reforms.

“A healthy, stable, and dynamic relationship between Kazakhstan and China can enhance trust between the two countries and strongly promote the maintenance of peace and stability. Kazakhstan and China remain committed to their initial ideals and stand by each other despite shifts in the international landscape. Our two countries have managed to build an everlasting comprehensive strategic partnership over the years of friendship. I first launched the Belt and Road Initiative in Kazakhstan ten years ago,” Xi Jinping noted.

Kazakhstan and China signed a number of agreements and memoranda, including one on the development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, particularly, for container trains with China-Europe connectivity.