Kazakhstan, China should expand Belt and Road cooperation, experts say

BEIJING (TCA) — Experts from China and Kazakhstan called for efforts to further enhance bilateral cooperation and promote the joint development of China’s Belt and Road at a seminar in Beijing on October 25, Xinhua news agency reported.

The seminar on China-Kazakhstan bilateral ties and cooperation, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), brought together experts and officials from both countries.

In September, China and Kazakhstan decided to develop a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership, demonstrating the uniqueness of the bilateral relations, said Ding Xiaoxing, head of Institute of Eurasian Studies of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

With the alignment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Kazakhstan’s Bright Road new economic policy, and the high complementarity of the two economies, China and Kazakhstan have bright prospects for cooperation in such areas as energy, logistics, finance and agriculture, Ding said.

Deepening bilateral cooperation not only benefits the two countries, but also boosts the whole Eurasian region, said Sun Zhuangzhi, head of the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies of the CASS, adding the China-Kazakhstan cooperation will set a good example for cooperation under the Belt and Road framework.

Both China and Kazakhstan have made great achievements in their development, said Timur Shaimergenov, chairman of International Information Committee of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan, adding the bilateral cooperation has benefited both sides and promoted regional socio-economic development.

Noting that China and Kazakhstan are friendly neighbors, Shaimergenov expressed belief that their cooperation under the framework of the BRI will be further expanded in the future.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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