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Zhang Gaoli Meets with First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Attends the First China-Kazakhstan Local Cooperation Forum

On September 11, 2017, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who was in China for the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, Guangxi.

Zhang Gaoli welcomed Kazakhstan as a specially-invited partner country to attend the China-ASEAN Expo for the first time. He said that China attaches great importance to the development of China-Kazakhstan relations. In recent years, President Xi Jinping and President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev have met for several times each year to plan, deploy and charter course for the development of bilateral relations. The two sides should earnestly implement the important consensuses reached by the two heads of state and resolve the problems in practical cooperation in a timely manner. The two countries should deepen economic and trade cooperation, push forward best projects, give full play to the role of the production capacity and investment dialogue and promote cooperation in such fields as energy, connectivity and personnel facilitation. The two countries jointly promote the development of the China-Kazakhstan Horgos International Frontier Cooperation Center, enhance the level of investment and trade facilitation and push forward bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership for sound and stable development at a higher level.

Askar Mamin sincerely thanked China for the arrangement, so that Kazakhstan has got the opportunity to attend the China-ASEAN Expo and display Kazakh products this year. Over the past 25 years, China-Kazakhstan relations have always enjoyed stable and sound development as well as frequent high-level exchanges and constantly deepened economic and trade cooperation. Kazakhstan is willing to work with China to strengthen the docking of the "Belt and Road" construction with the New Economic Policy of "Bright Road" of Kazakhstan, thus expanding the cooperation between the two countries in such fields as local affairs, economy and trade, production capacity and transportation.

After the meeting, Zhang Gaoli and Askar Mamin attended the first China-Kazakhstan Local Cooperation Forum and delivered speeches. Zhang Gaoli pointed out that with the personal care and constant promotion of the two heads of state, practical cooperation between China and Kazakhstan has achieved fruitful results. Local cooperation between the two countries enjoys great potential. It is necessary for both sides to seize the important opportunity of jointly building the "Belt and Road" to create a solid foundation for cooperation and write a new chapter in energy and resource cooperation. Both sides should expanded cooperation areas, deepen cooperation in agriculture and cross-border transportation, elevate cooperation quality and promote industrial cluster development. The two countries should innovate cooperation models, closely follow the global economic development trend, cement the public opinion foundation and facilitate tourism cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to push bilateral cooperation in local affairs to a new high.

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