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President Xi Jinping Meets with President Llham Aliyev of Azerbaijan

2014/05/21

On May 20, 2014, President Xi Jinping met with President Llham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in Shanghai.

President Xi Jinping expressed that the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Azerbaijan have made ceaseless progress on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and respect. The two countries enjoy solid political relations, high level mutual trust, and fruitful results of practical cooperation. China appreciates the firm support from Azerbaijan on the issues concerning China’s core interest. China supports the development path chosen by the people of Azerbaijan conform to their own national conditions and stands by the efforts Azerbaijan has made in safeguarding national sovereignty and independence and in promoting economic development. China is willing to work together with Azerbaijan maintaining close exchanges between the two governments, legislative bodies, political parties and all relevant departments so as to enhance political mutual trust. China encourages its enterprises to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan in the fields of project contracting, infrastructure construction, transportation, telecommunications and new energy, while encourages people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries as well. China is ready to work with Azerbaijan in strengthening communication and coordination in international and regional affairs.

Xi Jinping stressed, China pursues a policy of peace and friendship toward the Commonwealth of Independent States. We hope to develop friendly and cooperative relations with regional countries on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit. Maintaining peace and stability in the Caucasus region is in line with the common interests of regional countries. China opposes any inference from external forces in the internal affairs of the region.

Aliyev expressed that China’s respect for other countries in choosing their own development path has set a good example for international relations. China’s development has provided opportunities for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan sincerely hopes to develop a friendly and cooperative relationship with China and is willing to maintain high-level exchanges with China, and to enhance mutual political support. Azerbaijan firmly supports China for its efforts in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity and in fighting against the "three evil forces." Azerbaijan hopes to strengthen the exchanges between the two ruling parties as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Azerbaijan is willing to actively participate in the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt, and welcomes China to take part in the development of agriculture, manufacturing, and oil-gas industries in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan stands ready to cooperate closely with China in major international and regional issues.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.

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