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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov of Kazakhstan Hold the China-Kazakhstan Prime Ministers' Meeting

2022-11-29 23:58

On the afternoon of November 29, 2022, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council held the China-Kazakhstan Prime Ministers' Meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov at the Great Hall of the People via video link.

Li Keqiang said that China and Kazakhstan are friendly neighbors. Over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the bilateral relationship has made great progress, benefiting the two countries and two peoples. In September this year, President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to Kazakhstan, boosting new progress in China-Kazakhstan relations. China is ready to work with Kazakhstan to maintain close high-level exchanges and communication at all levels, seek greater synergy between development strategies, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and enhance coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs, so as elevate China-Kazakhstan relations to new heights and better safeguard regional peace, stability and development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China-Kazakhstan cooperation enjoys a sound foundation, apparent complementary advantages, immense potential and broad prospects. He expressed the hope that the two sides will ensure the sound implementation of the intergovernmental economic and trade cooperation plan, speed up the negotiation and conclusion of the new investment protection agreement and the cooperation plan on production capacity and investment, enhance connectivity and increase the volume of border shipments, and continuously promote bilateral trade. Energy cooperation is the anchor of practical cooperation between the two countries. China hopes that Kazakhstan will ensure a stable gas supply to China in accordance with the contract and increase its gas supplies in winter as much as possible. China is ready to import more high-quality green agricultural and livestock products from Kazakhstan. The two sides can explore new growth drivers for cooperation in such areas as finance and cross-border e-commerce. It's important to step up people-to-people and cultural exchanges to strengthen people-to-people ties, and continue negotiations on mutual visa exemption to facilitate personnel exchanges between the two countries.

Smailov said that Kazakhstan attaches great importance to its relations with China, and stands ready to take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and China as an opportunity to work with China to deepen political mutual trust, implement the intergovernmental economic and trade cooperation plan, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in fields such as economy and trade, production capacity, energy, agriculture, connectivity, and people-to-people and cultural affairs, increase personnel exchanges, and promote the continuous development of the Kazakhstan-China permanent comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang Yi and He Lifeng, among others, were present at the event.

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