President Hu visits two nations,
attends SCO summit
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Aug. 18, 2007. (Xinhua Photo/Lan Hongguang)
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- China and
Kazakhstan on Saturday signed a joint communique on relations and trade
promotion between the two countries as well as international issues of common
The communique was inked on the occasion of Chinese
President Hu Jintao's state visit to the central Asian country at the invitation
of his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev after he attended the summit of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek and
observed a joint anti-terrorism drill staged by six SCO member states in
Since the China-Kazakhstan strategic partnership was
established two years ago, cooperation between the two countries has witnessed
rapid development, which brought practical benefits to the two peoples, the
Both sides agreed to maintain the momentum of
exchange of high-level visits and hold consultations as well as negotiations on
bilateral relations and international issues.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev inspect an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Aug. 18, 2007. (Xinhua Photo/Rao Aimin)
China and Kazakhstan pledged in the communique to
step up exchanges between the two countries' parliaments, carry out multilevel
friendly exchanges and cooperation, and try to improve the legal basis of
The two countries noted in the communique that their
cooperation in the security sector is not directed against any third country.
China and Kazakhstan will continue to maintain the current momentum of
development in such areas as safeguarding national security, cracking down on
the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and combating
transnational crimes and drug trafficking, the communique said.
The two presidents agreed to take effective measures
within the framework of the SCO to guard and fight the "three evil forces" and
vowed to boost cooperation in disaster prevention and reduction.
On the Taiwan issue, the Kazakh government reiterated
its steadfastness in upholding the one-China policy and throws its support
behind China for all efforts it has made to realize national reunification,
recognizing that the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair.
The two sides also pledged to take measures and
create necessary conditions for regulating the exchange of personnel between the
two countries. They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in fighting illegal
Both countries agreed to promote their exchange and cooperation in the sector of trans-border rivers. The two sides vowed to exploit and utilize the waters of the trans-border rivers in line with the principle of fair and reasonable development.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd L) meets with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov (1st R) in Astana, Kazakhstan, August 18, 2007. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
The two sides will strengthen coordination on
international and regional issues, deepen strategic cooperation, and promote a
favorable international environment for the development of both countries, the
The two countries agreed that reforms of the United
Nations (U.N.) should be conducted on the basis of the broadest consensus of
most U.N. member countries, and need strengthened coordination among all member
The two leaders reiterated to further consolidate the
nuclear non-proliferation mechanism, urging all nations to comprehensively abide
by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540, which seeks to impose binding
obligations on all states to take measures against the proliferation of weapons
of mass destruction.
Developing multilateral coordination within the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) framework is one of the priorities of
the foreign policies of both China and Kazakhstan, the two sides said.
The two countries shared the view that SCO member
states should take it as the priority of their work to conduct concrete
cooperation in the field of security, economy, social affairs and
humanitarianism, so as to benefit their peoples.
Both support the development of the Conference on
Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, and have pledged to take
joint efforts to maintain peace, security and stability in Asia, according to
The two sides would give more convenience to each
other's trade and investment activities according to their respective laws and
would adopt effective measures to protect the safety, property and legitimate
rights of each other's citizens.
Both sides were satisfied with the rapid development
of bilateral trade, pledging to strike a balance between import and export. They
would also make concerted efforts to help the annual bilateral trade volume
reach 15 billion U.S. dollars by 2015.
The two nations would offer help to their respective
economic entities in carrying out Phase II project of the China-Kazakhstan crude
oil pipeline, China-Kazakhstan natural gas pipeline project and the
petrochemical complex project. They would launch cooperation in the
deep-processing of oil and gas.
In the communique, the two countries agreed to
continue the transition from implementing large-scale oil and gas projects to
conducting major cooperation in non-resource field, especially the areas of oil
and gas machinery manufacturing, food industry, textile industry,
transportation, logistic service, metallurgy, construction materials and
The two sides will create conditions of equality and
convenience for their banks to conduct businesses on each other's territories so
as to help them forge an even closer strategic partnership.
They also vowed to give the full play to their
transit transportation capability, build up ports capacity and promote the
construction of the international transportation corridor, so as to secure the
transportation of Euro-Asian goods on the territories of both countries.
The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation
in such fields as culture, humanitarianism, archaeology, TV broadcasting and
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the Kazakh
capital of Astana late Friday for a state visit to the central Asian country.
During his two-day visit, Hu held formal talks with
President Nazarbayev and also met Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov and
Speaker of the Upper House of the Kazakh Parliament Kasymzhomart Tokaev.