Chinese president's Central Asia tour boosts friendship, cooperation: FM

08:09, December 15, 2009      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Central Asia has been fruitful, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Monday.

Hu has reached broad consensus with leaders of Central Asian countries on strengthening political mutual trust, deepening practical cooperation, and promoting communication and coordination in multilateral organizations, Yang told reporters.

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROMOTED

During his visit to Kazakhstan, the Chinese leader reached agreement with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on promoting the Sino-Kazakh strategic partnership, said Yang, who was accompanying Hu during his visit.

Hu made five proposals: strengthening political mutual trust, deepening cooperation in the energy sector and other sectors, enhancing financial cooperation, and expanding cultural cooperation.

Hu expressed China's willingness to work with Kazakhstan and support each other on issues concerning their core interests, and push forward practical cooperation in various areas.

Nazarbayev said he highly valued the important role of China's good neighborly foreign policy in promoting peace, security and development in Asia and the world.

The two leaders agreed to further promote practical cooperation between China and Kazakhstan in various fields, and strengthen cooperation in important organizations and frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA), Yang said.

Expanding cultural exchange was high on the agenda of Hu's visit, said Yang. Hu announced the doubling of the number of scholarships for Kazakh students to study in China from next year on, and agreed with Nazarbayev to increase cultural exchanges among the two peoples.

Both leaders attended the completion ceremony of the China-Kazakhstan natural gas pipeline, part of the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline.

The two countries also signed a series of bilateral cooperation documents in finance, trade and energy.

Furthermore, the two sides agreed to speed up implementation of a 10-billion-U.S. dollar loan agreement between China and Kazakhstan.
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