I am looking forward to discussing SCO development, situation in Central Asia and other issues of mutual interest with Kazakh authorities – Chinese President Hu Jintao


Ruslan Suleimenov

I am looking forward to discussing SCO development, situation in Central Asia and other issues of mutual interest with Kazakh authorities - Chinese President Hu JintaoOn the threshold of his state visit to Kazakhstan Chinese President Hu Jintao gave an exclusive interview.

-How do you assess the status and prospects of Sino-Kazakh relations, in particular, cooperation between the two countries in economic, scientific-technical, humanitarian and other fields?

-For almost 20 years of our diplomatic relations China and Kazakhstan have consistently maintained a positive trend of healthy and stable development of bilateral cooperation.

China-Kazakhstan relations have acquired new dimension since the establishment of strategic partnership in July 2005. The two countries keep close high-level contacts, which contribute to the continuous strengthening of political trust. With President Nursultan Nazarbayev we often hold meetings in bilateral and multilateral formats. Our states finally settled border issues left over from history. We signed the Sino-Kazakh treaty on good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, developed the strategy of cooperation between China and Kazakhstan in the 21st century, and established an intergovernmental commission on cooperation at the level of deputy prime ministers. Our countries are strengthening the legal framework for strategic partnership.

As for the practical cooperation we have a wide range of positive effects: deepening of cooperation in trade, financial, energy, transport, scientific-technical, humanitarian fields. China and Kazakhstan have built and put into operation oil and gas pipelines. A number of projects is implemented in non-oil sector.

Our commodity circulation amounted to USD 20.4 billion last year showing up to 50-fold increase since the beginning of our diplomatic relations. The sustainable development and depth of China-Kazakhstan cooperation provides practical and tangible benefits to the two states and peoples. The states provide strong mutual support in all major issues related to the fundamental interests of each other, and carry out fruitful cooperation in the fight against “three evil forces”, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

China and Kazakhstan continuously expand cultural and educational ties, activate social contacts, expand friendly cooperation in border regions. The idea of “perpetual peace and friendship” penetrated deeply into the consciousness of our nations linked by ties of traditional friendship.

We enjoy close interaction in many international structures – the UN, SCO, CICA – thus ensuring peace, stability and development of the region and the whole world.

Presently, our countries are implementing a new five-year development program, which opens new opportunities for our bilateral relations. Guided by the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, China is ready together with Kazakhstan to continue to strengthen good-neighborliness, friendship and mutual trust, improve the mechanism for cooperation and deepen interaction in trade and economic, energy and non-oil sectors. We are looking forward to coordinating positions in multilateral organizations and cooperation in the field of security.

-What do you expect from the visit?

-At the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the middle of June I will pay a state visit to Kazakhstan. This will be my seventh visit to this country. Given the fact that President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited China in February this year, the upcoming meeting clearly shows that the strategic partnership between China and Kazakhstan is at a very high level.

I am planning to have talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Karim Massimov. Together with the Kazakh authorities I am ready to sum up the results of China-Kazakhstan relations over the past 20 years and draw up a program of the future development of our strategic partnership, outline new goals in all directions of practical cooperation. I am looking forward to an in-depth exchange of views with the leadership of Kazakhstan on the matter of SCO development, the situation in Central Asia and other issues of mutual interest regarding the most important international and regional issues. It is expected to sign a joint political document and a number of significant documents in the spheres of trade, economy, finance, environmental protection. I believe that through our joint efforts the visit will result in great success, giving additional impetus to the sustainable and comprehensive development of Sino-Kazakh relations.