China and Kazakhstan Firmly Defend Shared Strategic Interests – Xi Jinping

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has expressed high expectations for his state visit to Kazakhstan, set for July 2-4, 2024. His remarks were published by the Kazinform agency on the eve of his visit.

Xi Jinping highlighted the long history of friendly relations between China and Central Asia, dating back over 2,000 years to Zhang Qian’s diplomatic mission to the West. He also noted that it was in Kazakhstan, 11 years ago, that he first introduced his “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Bilateral trade between the two nations reached a record $41 billion last year, with China being Kazakhstan’s main trading partner and the largest importer of Kazakhstani goods. Significant joint projects have been completed, including the Zhanatas Wind Farm, the Turgusun Hydroelectric Power Station, and the modernization and reconstruction of the Shymkent Oil Refinery.

Xi Jinping’s state visit is expected to further strengthen these ties. During his stay, he will also participate in the 24th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO Summit will be held in Astana on July 3 and 4, and the city is implementing increased security measures in preparation for the event.





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