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Head of Kazakhstan FM and Vice-Chairman of China discussed bilateral cooperation

19 March 17:20

BEIJING.KAZINFORM - Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov met with Deputy Prime Minister Li Yuanchao in Beijing, our correspondent reports.

The sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as cooperation in regional and international organizations, in particular, SCO and CICA.

"It should be noted that the region, which borders Kazakhstan has a very important strategic importance for our country. Therefore, our countries have very broad and important interests in the sphere of security and development of further cooperation. We are interested in identifying and expanding our mutual interests, "said Li Yuanchao.

"Our estimates completely coincide with your assessment of the level of our relations and strategic direction," said the head of the Kazakhstan MFA.

The second part of the meeting continued behind closed doors.

According to the official data, China enters the list of 20 priority states - investors for Kazakhstan. China is one of the leaders in terms of direct investments (from 2005 to September 2013 - U.S. $ 10.3 billion). The share of Chinese investors accounted for about 20 ongoing projects in Kazakhstan worth over 17 billion U.S. dollars. The volume of trade between the two countries over the past three years amounted to more than 75 billion U.S. dollars, including in 2013 - 28.5 billion U.S. dollars.