China, Kyrgyzstan strengthen bilateral ties


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CHOLPON-ATA, Kyrgyzstan: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday held talks with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Jeenbek Kulubaev on strengthening relations between the two countries.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kyrgyzstan, which is of great significance in connecting the past and the future, Wang said. Over the past 30 years, China-Kyrgyz relations have withstood various risks and challenges. their traditional friendship has been strengthened and their practical cooperation has yielded fruitful results, which bring great benefits to the peoples of the two countries, Wang said.

In particular, the two sides have always stood firm on major issues concerning each other’s core interests, which has consolidated the political foundation of bilateral relations, enhanced mutual trust and fully demonstrated the substance of the comprehensive strategic partnership. he said, noting that the two countries have become truly good neighbours, good friends, good partners and good brothers.

Wang said China has always regarded Kyrgyzstan as an important partner in its neighborhood diplomacy, will always firmly support Kyrgyzstan’s measures to safeguard national sovereignty, security and social stability, and firmly oppose outside interference in the internal affairs of Kyrgyzstan.

China stands ready to work with Kyrgyzstan to follow up on the important consensus reached at the successful meeting between heads of state of the two countries this year, taking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as an opportunity and cooperation. “the Belt and Road” as the main line, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, carry forward traditional friendship, and push the China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level with the aim of building a China-Kyrgyz community with a shared future, said the Chinese foreign minister.

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For his part, Kulubaev said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 30 years ago, Kyrgyzstan and China have carried out high-level cooperation, elevated bilateral relations to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership, consolidated the friendship of good neighborliness and laid a solid foundation for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation.

The two sides worked together to implement the important consensus reached by the heads of state of the two countries and achieved solid results, Kulubaev said.

Kyrgyzstan regards relations with China as a diplomatic priority and firmly supports China’s legitimate stance on all key China-related issues. No political differences can hinder the comprehensive cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and China, he said, adding that the Kyrgyz side fully supports building a community with a shared future between Kyrgyzstan and China.

Kurubayev said Kyrgyzstan is looking forward to accelerating the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project, invites Chinese experts to Kyrgyzstan to carry out survey work, and is ready to work with China to speed up the implementation of key projects such as the new North-South highway and the renovation of the municipal road network of Bishkek.

The Kyrgyz side hopes to simplify customs clearance procedures at ports between the two sides and increase flights between the two countries so that more Kyrgyz students can return to China to resume their studies.

He thanked the Chinese side for setting up the Luban workshop in Kyrgyzstan and invited Chinese companies to invest and start business in Kyrgyzstan and help Kyrgyzstan build an e-commerce logistics center in Central Asia. .

Wang noted that during the trip, the Chinese side felt the great importance and ardent expectations attached by Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project and would jointly accelerate the promotion of this important project.

This year, economic and trade exchanges between China and Kyrgyzstan have reversed the trend and exceeded the pre-pandemic level, Wang said, noting that the Chinese side is willing to import more agricultural products and materials. green and high quality livestock from Kyrgyzstan.

The two sides should steadily advance practical cooperation, create new cooperation highlights such as new energy, ecological agriculture, e-commerce and cross-border logistics, and jointly build a “Green Silk Road” and a “digital silk road,” Wang added.

The Chinese side is willing to increase the frequency of direct flights in an orderly manner, further improve the efficiency of cargo transit through ports, facilitate the return of Kyrgyz students to China and resume their studies, promote the construction of Luban workshop and to develop medical and health cooperation between the two countries, according to Wang.

The two sides welcomed the effective cooperation between China and Kyrgyzstan in international and regional affairs.

Kulubaev said that the Kyrgyz side has praised the important concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind put forward by President Xi Jinping, agreed to build a community with a shared future for neighboring countries, highly appreciates and is willing to take an active part in the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative.

The two sides exchanged views on strengthening the cooperation mechanism between China and the five Central Asian countries and agreed to promote cooperation in priority areas such as transport, economy and trade. , investment, industry, agriculture, energy, customs and culture, in order to strengthen a comprehensive, multi-level and multi-dimensional sub-regional cooperation model.

After the talks, the two foreign ministers met the press together.

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