Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Erlan Idrissov, met with his Chinese Counterpart, Wang Yi

Aug 19. MFA

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Erlan Idrissov, met with his Chinese Counterpart, Wang YiOn August 19, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Erlan Idrissov, met with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, who is currently in Astana with an official visit.

During the talks, the Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and China had a constructive dialogue on the Kazakhstan-Chinese cooperation and interaction within international institutions, as well as issues of regional and global security.

One of the key issues raised on the agenda was the forthcoming visit by China’s President, Xi Jinping, to Kazakhstan in September. Given the importance of the visit for the further development of bilateral relations, the two sides exchanged views on preparations for the event at the highest level.

Apart from an official meeting of the two countries’ heads of state, the planned visit will include meetings with Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Majilis. In addition, the two countries plan to sign a number of bilateral documents, including a Joint declaration on further deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership. This will demonstrate the commitment of the both sides to good neighborly, constructive and equitable relations.

Kazakhstan attaches great attention to China’s important role in the global politics, its significance as one of the drivers of global economy, as well as its active position in dealing with international issues.

The two sides share the view that the continuation of consistent dialogue between the heads of government through regular meetings will serve a primary platform for developing bilateral cooperation in strategic economic sectors of both Kazakhstan and China.

Another indicator of high political trust is the fact that the two sides adhere to the rational and balanced approach in the issues of using cross border rivers. Effective exchange of views on the issue of water sharing and joint water intake from small transborder and border rivers demonstrates the willingness of the parties to continue to practice consistent regulation of this matter.

The volume of bilateral trade amounted to U.S. $ 23.9 billion in 2012, which serves as evidence of the successful development of economic and trade cooperation. Now there is intention to increase this figure to U.S. $ 40 billion by 2015.

The two sides emphasized the importance of close cooperation within multilateral mechanisms, including the SCO and the CICA, which are beginning to play a more active role in issues of security and stability in the region.