Xi hails Kazakhstan’s BRI role

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President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. CHINA DAILY

President Xi Jinping called for enhanced alignment between the Silk Road Economic Belt and Kazakhstan’s Bright Road Initiative through stronger policy coordination and more thorough cooperation.

The President made the statement when meeting with visiting Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev on Thursday in Beijing.

Xi said he has maintained closer exchanges and reached many consensuses with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and these consensuses are being implemented by both governments. China attaches great importance to its relations with Kazakhstan, values the Central Asian neighbor’s people-centered development concepts and supports its taking a path in line with its own national conditions, he said.

The Silk Road Economic Belt is part of the Belt and Road Initiative. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the initiative, which has injected new momentum into the global economy, Xi said.

China appreciates Kazakhstan’s firm support for and active participation in the initiative, he said.

In the next step, the two countries should strengthen policy coordination and make thorough plans for cooperation in diverse fields, Xi said.

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