Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev agreed on Thursday to align the development strategies of their two countries in pursuit of common prosperity.
China is ready to align the China-proposed Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with Kazakhstan's new Bright Road economic policy so as to achieve common development and prosperity on the basis of equality and reciprocity, Xi said during the talks.
Recalling when he raised the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative during his first visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013, Xi said the Chinese side thought highly of the early harvest of cooperation between the two countries on building the economic belt.
He said China and Kazakhstan should continue to boost cooperation on infrastructure, energy, finance, security, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
Echoing Xi, Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan backs China's initiative and stands ready to be an important partner to China in building the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Kazakhstan will work with China to link the Bright Road strategy to the building of the Belt and will cooperate with the Chinese side on trade, industrial capacity, energy and technology, Nazarbayev said.
During the talks, Xi congratulated Nazarbayev on his re-election as Kazakh president. Nazarbayev garnered more than 97.7 percent of the votes in the April 26 election.
Hailing the fast development in recent years of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, Xi said China attaches great importance to its ties with Kazakhstan and is ready to work with the Kazakh side to elevate economic, security and people-to-people cooperation bilaterally, and to strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs.
The Chinese president also voiced China's support for Kazakhstan's bid to host EXPO-2017, which will focus on the theme "Future Energy".
Xi said China pays much attention to its work as chair of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), and will work together with Kazakhstan and other countries to make the conference an efficient platform for promoting consensus, unity and mutual trust among Asian countries.
China's presidency will last until May 2016.
Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan is firmly committed to its friendship with China and will deepen cooperation with China in various fields.
He said the Kazakh side supports Xi's proposal of building a community of common destiny in Asia that is in line with the historical trend as well as in the interests of countries in the region.
Kazakhstan is ready to work more closely with China under the framework of the CICA and of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Nazarbayev said.
During the talks, the two presidents also discussed such topics as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the situation in Central Asia.
Before the talks, Nazarbayev held a red-carpet ceremony to welcome the Chinese president at the presidential palace in Astana.
The Chinese president, along with his wife Peng Liyuan, arrived in Astana on Thursday afternoon for a visit to Kazakhstan.
The visit marked the first leg of Xi's second overseas tour this year. The tour will also take him to Russia and Belarus. More on: http://newscontent.cctv.com/NewJsp/news.jsp?fileId=295029
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