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Strategic partnership between China and Kazakhstan at high level: Chinese President Hu Jintao

11 june 2011, 13:13
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Hu Jintao. ©AFP
Hu Jintao. ©AFP
Chinese President Hu Jintao, arriving in Astana June 12, heaped praise on the Kazakh-Chinese cooperation, Interfax – Kazakhstan reports.

“This will be my 7th visit to Kazakhstan. President Nazarbayev was in China in February; and the fact that the period between these two meetings is less than 4 months testifies to the strategic partnership between the two nations being at a high level”, Hu Jintao said in an interview for Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper.

China and Kazakhstan plan to tally results of the 20-year-long relationship and outline further development of the strategic partnership, setting new goals in all the realms of cooperation. Besides, the two heads of state will exchange opinions on development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the overall situation in Central Asia, and on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

The talks are expected to result in a joint political statement followed by a raft of economic, financial, environment and transport agreements.

Earlier Tengrinews.kz reported that the turnover between Kazakhstan and China in 2011 may grow by 20%, citing officials of the Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan. According to the Chinese side, against the background of a positive global economy performance the trade turnover between the two nations is set to grow at least by 20%. According to Kazakhstan’s statistics, trade turnover between the two nations in 2010 stood at $20.3 billion, 45% up against 2009.

The Chinese leader is also to attend the 10th anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Astana June 15.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental mutual-security organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Except for Uzbekistan, the other countries had been members of the Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organization. Kazakhstan is this year's rotating chair state of the SCO.

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