Cementing links with Kyrgyzstan
Beijing and Bishkek agreed that the Belt and Road Initiative, through implementation of major projects, is of key significance to bilateral ties and regional cooperation, according to a joint statement issued by the two sides yesterday.
The statement on further deepening the China-Kyrgyzstan comprehensive strategic partnership was released as Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying a state visit to the Central Asian country. He will also attend the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.
The two sides noted that there is great potential for cooperation to dock the China-proposed BRI with Kyrgyzstan’s National Development Strategy 2018-2040. They added that they will look for more overlapping interests and realize common development based on the principle of mutual benefits and win-win outcomes.
Both China and Kyrgyzstan spoke highly of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing in April. They are willing to follow the agreement reached during the forum to promote high-quality development of the BRI. The Kyrgyz side believes the notion of building a community with a shared future for mankind is of epoch-making importance.
The two sides pledged to explore potential for cooperation, further expand trade, and optimize trade structure and procedures within the framework of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, so as to boost a balanced growth of bilateral trade.
They also agreed to promote the exchanges between the enterprises of the two nations on such platforms as the China International Import Expo and the China-Eurasia Expo.
On transportation cooperation, the two countries agreed to step up cross-border and transit transportation capacity. They will fully tap the potential of the transportation capabilities of the highways in China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan so as to create sound conditions for bilateral and regional economic and trade development. They also agreed to keep communicating with each other on pushing forward the project of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway.
To boost bilateral agriculture cooperation, the two countries agreed to set up a platform, and expand cooperation in technological demonstrations, veterinary science, animal quarantine, agricultural machinery and training. Private companies will be encouraged to conduct cooperation in areas such as seed breeding, agricultural product processing and water saving technology.
The Chinese side welcomes more quality and green agricultural exports from Kyrgyzstan, and is willing to work with the country on related issues concerning access.
The two sides agreed to forge ahead with bilateral cooperation in settlement in local currencies, set up task forces on investment and industries within the framework of the intergovernmental trade and economic cooperation commission, encourage their respective firms to invest in the other country, and improve the investment environment.
They also vowed to protect the legitimate rights of citizens and legal persons of the other country in their respective borders with concrete measures based on their laws and bilateral treaties.
The two sides pledged to strengthen cooperation at local levels, as well as in such areas as commerce and tourism, noting that they will consider taking further measures on visa facilitation.