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China, Turkmenistan pledge to intensify bilateral co-op
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09:35, August 30, 2008

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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov have agreed to expand cooperation in various fields so as to push the friendly ties forward, according to a joint statement issued here Friday.

The two leaders noted with satisfaction that bilateral ties have enjoyed sound and steady development and yielded rich fruits in recent years.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov shake hands after signing a joint statement in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, August 29, 2008.

They agreed further development and consolidation of bilateral ties will continue to guide the foreign policies of both countries.

The two countries will continue to exchange high-level official visits and conduct exchanges at various levels, the statement said, adding that efforts will be intensified to implement bilateral agreements in a bid to boost mutual political trust.

The two nations will strengthen communication between the two parliaments, conduct friendly exchanges and cooperation at various levels and further improve the legal basis for bilateral cooperation, the statement added.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov after being awarded the "Niyazov" medal by the latter in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, Aug. 29, 2008.

President Hu hailed the remarkable achievements made by Turkmenistan in national construction and social-economic development, reaffirming China's staunch support to the Central Asian country in choosing its own model of development suited to its national realities.

President Berdymukhamedov reiterated his country's adherence to the one-China policy, saying that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and that Turkmenistan opposes any form of "Taiwan independence" and supports all efforts by the Chinese government to realize national reunification.

The two leaders agreed that the international community should respect the choice of development models among the Central Asian countries, which have their unique history and cultural traditions.

It is the common aspiration of all people living in Central Asia to maintain regional stability and peace while pushing forward economic development, the two presidents said.

China lauded Turkmen efforts to promote regional security, stability and development, the statement said.

Hu thanked Turkmenistan for its unwavering support to China in cracking down on the East Turkistan terrorists and the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The two leaders pledged to enhance cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the United Nations and intensify coordination on international and regional issues, in an effort to create better external conditions for the development of both countries.

Source: Xinhua

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