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Xi Jinping Speaks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the Phone

On the evening of June 2, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Xi Jinping pointed out, faced with the raging pandemic since last year, China and Azerbaijan have pulled together to overcome difficulties, which fully demonstrates the true friendship. The Communist Party of China (CPC) will celebrate its 100th anniversary and China will embark on a new journey of fully building a modern socialist country. Thus, China-Azerbaijan relations have reached a new historical starting point. Both sides should carry forward the traditional friendship, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and enhance mutual support. Taking the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic ties as an opportunity, the two countries should seek greater development of the bilateral ties to deliver greater benefits to the two countries and two peoples.

Xi Jinping emphasized, China supports the Azerbaijani people's choice of development path based on its conditions, and treats Azerbaijan as a major partner in Belt and Road cooperation. Both sides should share opportunities and seek development, and ensure sound planning and progress of the Belt and Road cooperation. China is ready to import more high-quality and distinctive products from Azerbaijan, support Chinese enterprises in investing and operating in Azerbaijan, and strengthen cooperation in infrastructure and other fields. Both sides should deepen international cooperation in transport and logistics, advance the construction of Asia-Europe transport corridor, and improve regional connectivity. China is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Azerbaijan in medicine, and continue to provide vaccines and other assistance for Azerbaijan to fight against the COVID-19. China has achieved a complete victory in the fight against poverty, and it is willing to increase exchanges and cooperation with Azerbaijan to jointly promote the cause of global poverty reduction.

Aliyev congratulates on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, and thanks China for providing valuable assistance such as medical supplies and vaccines for his country's fight against the COVID-19. The sound bilateral cooperation in fields such as politics, economy, and transport plays an active role for Azerbaijani economic growth. Azerbaijan welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in its country, and hopes to increase communication and cooperation with China in regional affairs. China is Azerbaijan's true partner. Whether in the past, at present or in the future, Azerbaijan firmly supports China's position in issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang, and it will work with China to lift the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level. Azerbaijan supports China in successfully holding the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

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