Visiting Kazak President Kassym-Jomart
Tokayev hailed the Belt and Road Initiative on Wednesday as a way to a
promising future, saying the modern Silk Road has restructured the global
Tokayev, who kicked off his first state visit to China on
Tuesday since taking office in June, made the remarks during a speech at the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.
Thanks to the BRI, 11 cross-border railways and highways through
Kazakhstan have facilitated transportations across the Eurasian continent, and
enabled Chinese commodities to reach consumers in Europe, the Eurasian Economic
Union and the Near East three to four times faster than six years ago, the
Kazak president said.
He said China and Kazakhstan have started 15 projects on joint
building of the Belt and Road with a value of $4 billion. "All the
projects help create new job opportunities and foster new enterprises that
produce high value-added products, develop renewable energy and promote new
technologies in agriculture and manufacturing."
The two countries are also actively pushing for cooperation on
refined products in the areas of oil, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear energy
and mining, Tokayev said.
The president called China "a friendly neighbor and reliable
partner", and said the Kazakhstan-China relationship has become a good
example of state-to-state relations.
"The important thing is there remains nothing that impedes
the development of bilateral relations and further cooperation between the two
countries," Tokayev said, adding the two nations will sign a joint
statement to further consolidate and deepen their comprehensive strategic
partnership during his visit.