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Wang Yi: China and Kazakhstan Share Common Goals and Broad Prospects for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation

On March 28, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov of Kazakhstan at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. After their talks, Wang Yi told Chinese and foreign journalists that China and Kazakhstan share common goals, and complement each other's strengths, and that the prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation are broad and promising.

Wang Yi pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries 27 years ago, China-Kazakhstan relations have become a model of good neighborliness, friendship, and mutual benefit and win-win results between countries. The two sides reached a five-point consensus on promoting the development of China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership.

First, both sides should maintain the fine tradition of high-level exchanges to steer China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership. Both countries should continue to enhance political mutual trust and strengthen mutual support. The Chinese side welcomes Kazakhstan's first President Nursultan Nazarbayev to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China this April to discuss the undertakings of cooperation.

Second, both sides should take the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative as the mainline and deepen the alignment of development strategies. In the past six years, China and Kazakhstan have always been at the forefront of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and have achieved fruitful results, which have produced important demonstration effects in Eurasia and the world at large. In the next step, the two sides will focus on key areas such as economy, trade, production capacity cooperation and connectivity to create new business forms of cooperation between the two countries.

Third, both sides should intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and implement projects in the public interest that benefits more people. The two countries should focus on strengthening cooperation in education, tourism and youth, introduce more measures to facilitate personnel exchanges, promote mutual establishment of cultural centers, and consolidate the public opinion foundation of China-Kazakhstan everlasting friendship.

Fourth, both sides should deepen security cooperation and jointly build a security barrier for the development and revitalization of China and Kazakhstan. The two countries should spare no efforts to crack down on the "three forces", and deepen cooperation in drug control, fighting against transnational organized crime, security of large-scale activities and cyber security, in a bid to safeguard security and stability of both countries and the region.

The de-radicalization measures taken by China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in accordance with the law have achieved remarkable achievements, effectively safeguarding local security and stability, making important contributions to promoting peace and stability in the region, and also providing a useful reference for the international community to combat violent and terrorist forces and eliminate extremism. We appreciate the Kazakh government's understanding and support for China's position. We will never allow anyone or any force to undermine the friendship and mutual trust between China and Kazakhstan.

Fifth, both sides should strengthen international coordination and safeguard the common strategic interests of China and Kazakhstan. The two sides will maintain close communication on issues concerning the reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and stick to the right direction of the reform of the UN Security Council. Both sides should enhance cooperation in the field of human rights, and oppose double standards on human rights affairs and politicizing human rights. We will uphold multilateralism, and jointly promote the democratization of international relations and multipolarization of international landscape. Both sides support Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in well holding the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia this year, so as to promote greater development of the two organizations and their greater role in regional affairs.

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