|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi|
On September 12, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi in Nur-Sultan.
Wang Yi noted, Kazakhstan is an important Eurasian country and also a friendly neighbor of China. The Chinese side always gives priority to its relations with Kazakhstan in its overall foreign policy, especially the neighborhood diplomacy. The two heads of state, who have forged firm mutual trust and friendship, have been providing strategic guidance to the healthy development of the bilateral relations and mutually beneficial cooperation. Last year, the two heads of state agreed to lift China-Kazakhstan relations to a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership. We should implement this important consensus into various fields, make it a common cognition of all walks of life in the two countries, so as to consolidate public opinion base of the bilateral relations. The two sides should work together to preserve the hard-won China-Kazakhstan relations and make sure that the cause of friendship between the two countries will not be disturbed and hindered by difficulties and maintain a healthy and steady momentum of development.
Wang Yi said, China and Kazakhstan have helped and supported each other in the fight against COVID-19. At the time when the prevention and control of the pandemic has become a regular practice, the two sides should strengthen all-round cooperation in the post-pandemic era in an orderly manner, implement the docking of the joint construction of the Belt and Road and the Bright Path new economic policy, and further tap the potential for cooperation. With the China-Europe freight train service becoming a land transportation artery like a modern railway version of camel caravans across Eurasia, the Kazakh side's role as a strategic hub for transit transport has become more prominent. The Chinese side is ready to scale up the railway and highway transportation between the two countries and accelerate exploration to restore and enhance the cargo capacity at border crossings. The two sides will build the Silk Road of Health. The Chinese side will continue to support the Kazakh side in its fight against COVID-19, share its experience in pandemic prevention and control and treatment of COVID-19 patients, and strengthen cooperation in the research and development of vaccines and medicines, until the pandemic is defeated in Kazakhstan. The two sides will also build the Digital Silk Road to strengthen cooperation in the digital economy. The Chinese side has recently proposed its Global Initiative on Data Security, which aims to promote the formulation of global data security rules and build an open, cooperative, and secure global data space. The Chinese side welcomes joint efforts of all countries, including Kazakhstan, to advance the process. We are ready to strengthen communication and coordination with the Kazakh side to jointly combat disinformation.
Mukhtar Tleuberdi said, the Kazakhstan-China relations have made great strides despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The two countries have maintained high-level exchanges and constantly deepened the good neighborly and friendly relations. The Kazakh side always places its relations with China as its priority in foreign policy. The two heads of state decided to build the permanent comprehensive strategic partnership last year, which elevated the bilateral relations to a new level. The Kazakh side speaks highly of the decisive anti-pandemic measures taken by the Chinese side and appreciates its support to Kazakhstan in the fight against COVID-19.As the pandemic prevention and control becomes a regular practice, the two sides should resume normal exchanges between various departments and at various levels as soon as possible, resume port customs clearance and freight transportation, and tap the cooperation potential in the fields such as infrastructure, investment, trade, transportation and cultural and people-to-people exchanges. The initiatives proposed by the Chinese side, such as building a global community of health for all, are very important and the Kazakh side supports them. Data security protection is a real and urgent issue. The Kazakh side also supports the "Global Initiative on Data Security" launched by the Chinese side, and is willing to promote its implementation as a priority in bilateral cooperation and work with China to combat disinformation.
The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on the regional and international issues of common concern.
The two foreign ministers also jointly announced the launch of the initial batch of the thousand-expert program for the resumption of work and production in China and Kazakhstan, so as to facilitate the key projects and business personnel exchanges between the two countries.