China and Kazakhstan have established friendly relations and will continue to deepen mutual trust and cooperation across many fields, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Tokayev made the remarks in an exclusive recent interview as he prepares to head for a state visit to China from Tuesday to Thursday at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tokayev, who took office after succeeding long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev in March, said his country enjoys strong ties with China.

“It’s very important for Kazakhstan to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership with China. Kazakhstan and China have established relations of friendly cooperation in fields like people-to-people exchanges, culture and military technologies. In general, the two countries built a strong relationship of friendly cooperation and mutual trust and benefit,” said the Kazahk president.

Tokayev said Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the concept of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” in Kazakhstan and developed it into the comprehensive “Belt & Road Initiative” that aims to benefit the whole world

Kazakhstan is grasping the opportunity and expanding cooperation with China, a move which is benefiting the peoples of both countries and in the region, according to the president.

“A typical example of the cooperation between the two countries is the implementing of the China-proposed ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’. The idea was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan for the first time. Since 2015, Kazakhstan has been implementing the ‘Bright Road Initiative’ by constructing infrastructure for international transportation so as to overcome its weakness as a landlocked country. China’s Belt & Road Initiative is, in fact, a global concept, and can be integrated with our important goals effectively,” said Tokayev.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Tokayev spoke highly of China’s achievements and says the nation’s rapid development serves as an example for others to follow.

“China has made remarkable achievements and can serve as an example for Asia and even for the whole world. Today’s China is a country with progress in innovation and success in new technology development. I congratulate the people’s Republic of China on the 70th anniversary of the founding, which is really a historic event. I wish the great Chinese people still greater success and prosperity, and wish’s the friendship and cooperation between our two countries will last forever,” said Tokayev.

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