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Hu's visit to Kazakhstan opens new chapter in bilateral ties: ambassador

06-11-2010 09:05 BJT Special Report: Hu Attends SCO Summit, Visits 2 Nations |

by Zhao Yu, Li Bin

ALMATY, June 10 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao's visit to Kazakhstan will open a new chapter in the development of China-Kazakhstan strategic partnership, says the Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan.

Hu will pay a state visit to the central Asian country on Friday and Saturday at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In recent years, China-Kazakhstan relations have maintained a good momentum of sound development which is featured by a few characteristics, Ambassador Zhou Li said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

First, leaders of the two countries have met frequently and have established and maintained a good working relationship and personal friendship.

Hu's upcoming state visit to Kazakhstan is his fifth visit to the country as Chinese president. He paid a working visit to the country in December. Hu met with Nazarbayev at the Nuclear Security Summit in April in Washington and during the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War over Nazi Germany in Moscow.

Leaders of the two countries have frequently exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional situation and other issues of common concern, which has contributed to enhancing the strategic cooperation between the two sides.

Second, China and Kazakhstan have continuously enhanced their political mutual trust. The two sides strictly abide by the China-Kazakhstan Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and have supported each other on issues concerning their core interests.

Kazakhstan has supported the Chinese government on issues concerning Taiwan and Tibet for a long time.

China speaks highly of Kazakhstan's constitutional reform and believes it will contribute to the country's sustainable and stable development.

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