On November 5th, experts from Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan held a meeting with a Chinese delegation. The discussions revolved around Kazakhstan-China relations and cooperation within the framework of expert collaboration.
The Chinese delegation included Mr. Wang Gan, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China; Mr. Meng Xianlin, Chief of the Office of Reforms and Cultural Development of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee; Mr. Tan Xianwen, Chief of the Human Rights Bureau of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee; Mr. Ma Jia, Deputy Head of the International Liaison Bureau of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee; Mr. Shen Shichen, Deputy Head of the Party Committee Propaganda Department of Zhejiang Province; Mr. Liu Ye, Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan, as well as other members.
Welcoming the guests, Director of KazISS, Yerkin Tukumov, stated: “At KazISS, we pay significant attention to neighboring countries, including Central Asia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and, of course, China. In our interaction with China, we are interested not only in economic and technological development but also in joint archival studies because your characters have remained unchanged for millennia. I believe this will shed light on many historical contacts between our countries.”
Furthermore, the 10-year milestone of the “Belt and Road Initiative” was recognized. In particular, KazISS Director emphasized the importance of transforming cooperation from infrastructure-focused to cultural and humanitarian dimensions: “The removal of visa restrictions for citizens of Kazakhstan and China, as well as the upcoming Year of Tourism in China for Kazakhstan next year, will significantly expand international public interaction.”
In turn, Mr. Wang Gan, Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, stated, “Kazakhstan is an important neighbor of China. A good neighbor is a good brother. Peace and development are the shared aspirations of our countries. I believe that Kazakhstan can achieve even greater development. Your president visited China twice this year, he speaks Chinese well, and he is very popular in China.”
Mr. Wang Gan also emphasized the importance of cooperation among think tanks, saying, “We attach great importance to strategic research and understand its significance. That is why your ‘think tank’ became the first meeting point in Kazakhstan during our trip. Today, this represents valuable opportunities for our interaction.”
During the meeting, various topics were discussed, including public engagement, climate change, and agriculture. The parties also discussed the development of the logistical and tourist potential of cooperation between the two countries in this regard. Kazakh experts highlighted the importance of cooperation in the fields of innovation and technological development, as well as analytical collaboration. This underscores the need for expanding joint research and knowledge exchange between the two countries.
All these aspects of the meeting reflect the deep and multifaceted nature of the relationship between Kazakhstan and China, as well as the commitment of both sides to long-term cooperation and development.