Chinese premier meets Kazakh president on bilateral relations


ASTANA,   (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday in Astana, during his official visit to Kazakhstan.

Li extended greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nazarbayev, saying the two countries should continue to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state on bilateral cooperation.

He said China and Kazakhstan are highly complementary in economy and facing broad cooperation prospect. China was willing to deepen the production capacity cooperation with Kazakhstan, expand cooperation in energy, connectivity and deep processing of agricultural products, and increase people-to-people exchanges.

Li also called on the two countries to strengthen coordination under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and increase communication and cooperation on international and regional affairs, so as to achieve common development of the two countries and maintain the regional peace and stability.

Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan and China, as good neighborly countries, are a model of countries’ friendly cooperation. Kazakhstan stands ready to deepen the cooperation in production capacity with China and push forward the implementation of more projects in the Central Asian country.

Kazakhstan is willing to expand cooperation with China in energy, agriculture and technology innovation, and strengthen the bilateral trade, Nazarbayev said.

He also vowed to conduct better cooperation with China within the SCO framework.

The land-locked Central Asian state is the second leg of Li’s tour to four Eurasian countries. Li also attended the third regular meeting between the two countries’ prime ministers with his Kazakh counterpart Bakytzhan Sagintayev.