President Hu Jintao's Special Envoy Meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Masimov
On January 9, 2012, Chen Zhili, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao and vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov in Astana.
Chen Zhili first conveyed to Masimov the cordial greetings and good wishes from Premier Wen Jiabao. Chen said China and Kazakhstan opened a new chapter in relations when the two countries established diplomatic ties in January 1992. Bilateral relations have enjoyed rapid and comprehensive development in the past two decades, making contributions not only to the development of the two countries but also to peace and stability of the region and the world as a whole, she said. Last year, Hu and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev exchanged visits and jointly announced that China and Kazakhstan would develop a comprehensive strategic partnership, which further broadened the prospects of the development of bilateral relations, Chen said. China would make concerted efforts with Kazakhstan and take the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties to continuously enhance political trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation in an all-around way, further shore up bilateral relations and bring real benefits for the two countries and two peoples, she said.
Masimov asked Chen to convey his cordial greetings and good wishes to Premier Wen. He said Kazakhstan-China relations have grown swiftly in recent years and exchanges in various fields have reached unprecedented levels. Kazakhstan and China signed a series of important agreements and reached important consensus on their cooperation in the non-resource field, Masimov said. Kazakhstan is satisfied with the achievements made in the growing ties between the two countries, Masimov said, stressing Kazakhstan is willing to work with China to further strengthen cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, and science and technology, and add fresh inputs to bilateral ties.
Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan Zhou Li and Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng were present at the meeting.
On the evening of January 9, the Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan held a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries. Chen and Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov addressed the reception.
Kazakhstan gained independence after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 and established diplomatic relations with China in January 1992.