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China, Kazakhstan start 1st Premiers Regular Meeting

(Xinhua)

08:24, April 01, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2012. Wen and Masimov opened the first Premiers Regular Meeting here Saturday. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov on Saturday opened the 1st Premiers Regular Meeting.

Wen said he was glad to start the regular meeting mechanism on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"It is an important step to promote the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership and will certainly strengthen overall coordination of the two sides in all fields so as to resolve major issues and create new cooperation fields," Wen said.

"The two governments have enjoyed effective coordination. We need to continue to promote China-Kazakhstan political mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation to a higher level."

Wen urged the two countries to maintain confidence in the world economy's recovery, and to plan for trade and economic ties and for cooperation between border regions.

He proposed the two sides improve the legislative framework for cooperation, and begin negotiations as soon as possible to sign agreements on border port management and short-term labor services.

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