China, Kazakhstan agree to develop permanent comprehensive strategic partnership

China, Kazakhstan agree to develop permanent comprehensive strategic partnership

China and Kazakhstan decided here Wednesday to develop a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership, Xinhua reported.

The decision came as Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Kazakh counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

When reviewing the achievements the People's Republic of China has scored in the past 70 years since it was founded, Xi said such a process of moving forward has never been smooth, and stressed that no matter how the external situation changes, China will unswervingly take care of its own business regardless of outside factors.

Xi said China will comprehensively deepen reform, expand opening-up and promote higher-quality development. "We are fully capable of coping with various risks and challenges, and any difficulty or obstacle cannot stop us from moving forward," Xi said. "A stable, open and prosperous China will always be an opportunity for the future development of the world," he said.

On China-Kazakhstan ties, Xi said China is willing to deepen all-round cooperation with Kazakhstan, seek synergy between the Silk Road Economic Belt and Kazakhstan's Bright Path new economic policy, and strengthen connectivity.

He also called on the two sides to boost cooperation in industrial capacity and science and technology innovation, increase people-to-people and cultural contacts, and facilitate exchanges at sub-national level. China and Kazakhstan should take a clear-cut stand in upholding multilateralism and an open world economy, so as to contribute to promoting a fairer, more just and equitable global governance system, Xi said.

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