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Xi Jinping and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan Jointly Visit Chinese Pavilion of Astana Expo 2017 and Attend Video Link Event on China-Kazakhstan Cross-border Transportation

On June 8, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping, who was on a state visit to Kazakhstan, visited the Chinese Pavilion of the Astana Expo 2017 accompanied by President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. They jointly attended a video link event on China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation.

Upon Xi Jinping and Nursultan Nazarbayev’s arrival at the hall outside the Chinese Pavilion, the two heads of state were warmly welcomed by a song and dance performance called “Song and Smile”, performed by Chinese artists from all nationalities.

Stepping into the Chinese Pavilion, Xi Jinping and Nursultan Nazarbayev stopped and watched for a while the documentary the “Belt and Road”——A Journey of Road. The two heads of state visited the exhibition areas, such as the Energy Corridor, the Wisdom and Practice of China, the Energy Dream Theater, the Global Mission and Cooperation and other areas. In the section of Wisdom and Practice of China, President Xi Jinping invited Nursultan Nazarbayev to experience the simulated driving in a high-speed rail. During their visit, the two heads of state talked while walking and exchanged views every now and then.

The Astana Expo 2017, themed Future Energy, is the first specialized expo held by a country in the Central Asia. Among the over 100 participating countries and international organizations, China was the first to launch the construction of its national pavilion. Under the theme of Future Energy and Green Silk Road, the Chinese pavilion aims to share with the international community China's concepts and practices in traditional energy transformation, new energy exploitation, environmental protection, sustainable development, and other aspects.

In the end, the two heads of state attended a video link event held in the Chinese Pavilion on China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation.

Xi Jinping and Nursultan Nazarbayev watched a video with great attention about the cooperation on China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation. The video link event first connected China-Kazakhstan logistic cooperation center in Lianyungang, China and then the dry port in the Khorgos-East Gate special economic zone. The video showed the operating, re-loading and grouping of the trains in the two places respectively. And the relevant principals of the two countries reported the situation. Both heads of state jointly pushed the operating lever and the video showed that four trains were running in whistling in two sessions. Xi Jinping and Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered speeches respectively.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech that the opening of the freight train of China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation not only brings benefits to China and Kazakhstan but also provides more convenience for transportation and cooperation opportunities for the countries along the “Belt and Road”, showcasing the organic integration of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The two sides have actively implemented the Cooperation Outline on Docking the Silk Road Economic Belt Construction and the New Economic Policy of the “Bright Road”. Kazakhstan has turned from a traditional inland nation into a key transportation hub in the Eurasia, playing an increasingly important role in the East-West trade chain. The further deepening of China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation will contribute more for the prosperity and development in the region It is hoped that the two countries could continue to making concerted efforts to build the new Eurasia land and maritime routes linked by Lianyungang and Khorgos into a pilot and demonstration project of the “Belt and Road” initiative and work together to build a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, innovation and civilization.

Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed gratitude to President Xi Jinping's attendance at the opening ceremony of the Astana Expo 2017 and China's support and participation in his speech. He expressed that the theme of the Chinese Pavilion fully displays the development concept of green silk road. The cooperation on China-Kazakhstan cross-border transportation sets a good example of aligning the New Economic Policy of the “Bright Road” and the Silk Road Economic Belt Construction and that will certainly bring economic prosperity and well-being for the countries as well as peoples along the route.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the above events.

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