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Pacts, statement shore up Kyrgyz ties

By An Baijie in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan | China Daily | Updated: 2019-06-14 03:51
President Xi Jinping and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov sign a joint statement to further deepen the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership after their talks in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, on Thursday. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]

Xi, Jeenbekov endorse fruitful progress made via bilateral efforts

China and Kyrgyzstan signed a number of cooperation documents covering such areas as infrastructure, investment, law enforcement and trade during President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Central Asian country on Thursday.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Xi and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov in Bishkek, the capital. The two leaders also signed a joint statement to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

The two presidents spoke highly of the cooperation outcomes in all areas between the two countries, and agreed to promote the China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 27 years ago, bilateral ties have stood the test of international situations and developed with a big leap, Xi said.

Xi appreciated Jeenbekov's friendly stance on Kyrgyzstan's developing its relationship with China.

China will continue to support Kyrgyzstan to practice the development path it chooses and supports the Kyrgyz government's domestic and foreign policies to safeguard its national independence, sovereignty and security, he said.

China would like to work with Kyrgyzstan to develop the traditional friendship, deepen mutual beneficial cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both nations, Xi said. As long as the two countries continue to enhance mutual support and promote cooperation in all areas, the prosperous path of China-Kyrgyzstan common development will widen, he added.

Xi pointed out that jointly building the Belt and Road has become a main focus for China-Kyrgyzstan cooperation.

The two countries should promote the further connection of their development strategies, tap new potential for cooperation and explore new space for cooperation, he said.

The two countries should expand cooperation in economic and trade areas and implement major cooperation projects, Xi said. China would also like to increase imports of green and premium agricultural products from Kyrgyzstan, he added.

Xi reaffirmed China's commitment to supporting the economic and social development of Kyrgyzstan, saying that China will make joint efforts with Kyrgyzstan to carry out such projects as clean drinking water, roads and hospitals to improve people's livelihoods.

Xi called on the two countries to upgrade security cooperation and fight against the three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism, as well as cross-border organized crime and drug trafficking.

Xi said that China supports Kyrgyzstan in its hosting of the SCO Bishkek Summit, and China encourages all sides to reach more consensuses.

Saying that he has met with Xi three times in a little over a 12-month period, Jeenbekov emphasized that this reflected the high level of bilateral relations. Kyrgyzstan will always be a good neighbor, friend and partner of China, he said.

Kyrgyzstan firmly upholds the one-China policy, and the ethnic affairs in China are the country's domestic affairs, he said, adding that Kyrgyzstan supports China's measures on ethnic affairs.

Kyrgyzstan would like to connect its development strategies with the Belt and Road Initiative and enhance cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and local-level exchanges, he said.

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