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Hu Jintao Holds Talks with President of Kazakhstan Nazarbayev

On the morning of June 6, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks at the Great Hall of the People with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is here in China for a visit and to attend the SCO summit.

Hu said 20 years of diplomatic ties prove that 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. The Chinese president said that China regards it as a diplomatic priority to develop the comprehensive strategic partnership with Kazakhstan.

Hu raised suggestions on deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation in the following aspects. First, the two nations should strengthen their political mutual trust with more bilateral interactions and political dialogues, expand strategic consensus and support each other on major issues of common concern in order to safeguard their strategic security situation and development. Second, the two sides should expand pragmatic cooperation, promote industrial connection, foster new highlights of cooperation, deepen energy cooperation and initiate cooperation in new areas, including nuclear energy, solar energy and wind energy, at early dates. Both sides should accelerate modernization and facility construction of border crossings, expand their mutual investment, step up sub-national cooperation and formulate neighboring areas' cooperation programs, Hu added. Third, the two sides should expand humanities exchanges, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, education, sports, tourism, health and youth and promote multi-level and wide-ranging cultural cooperation. Fourth, both sides should deepen security cooperation. Hu said the two nations should make more joint efforts to fight the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, combat drug trafficking and other cross-border organized crime more effectively and strengthen network and information security cooperation. Fifth, both sides should keep closer multilateral cooperation, strengthen coordination within the multilateral frameworks including the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), jointly uphold a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination and create a favorable external environment for the development of the two countries.

Nazarbayev said since the establishment of diplomatic ties 20 years ago, the Kazakh-Sino relations have made ​​considerable progress, with a high degree of political trust, frequent high-level exchanges and fruitful mutually beneficial cooperation. The two sides have signed a series of important documents including a good-neighborly friendship and cooperation treaty between the two countries, laying a solid basis for bilateral relations. The Kazakh side will unswervingly promote the comprehensive strategic partnership with China.

Nazarbayev said the Kazakh side is satisfied with the bilateral economic, trade and energy cooperation, and will continue to carry out petroleum and gas projects, expand cooperation in non-resource areas 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. Both sides should work together to build the China-Kazakhstan Horgos International Border Cooperation Center and promote common development of the two countries' border areas. He hoped that the two countries will hold culture year activities and make good-neighborly friendship deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. 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 positions 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.

Following the talks, the two heads of state signed a joint declaration between the two countries and attended the signing ceremony of relevant bilateral cooperation documents.

Prior to the talks, President Hu held a welcome ceremony for Nazarbayev's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan Zhou Li attended the welcome ceremony.

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