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Chinese president starts visit to Kazakhstan
   CCTV.COM   2003-06-03 09:06:40   
    Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived Aatana Monday for a two-day state visit to Kazakhstan.

    During his stay, Hu will hold talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on bilateral relations and important international issues. Both sides will sign several documents on strengthening bilateral ties.

    Hu was greeted at the Astana international airport by Kazakh State Secretary and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasymzhomart Tokayev and Deputy Prime Minister Karim Masimov.

    In a written speech distributed to reporters at the airport, Hu said China and Kazakhstan have enjoyed a long-time friendship.

    "As today's international situation is undergoing profound change, to further strengthen friendship and cooperation is in the fundamental interests of both countries and conducive to the maintenance and promotion of regional and world peace, stability and development," Hu said.

    He expressed his belief that through joint efforts, good-neighborly relations and cooperation of mutual benefits between the two countries will certainly bear more fruits.

    The Chinese president arrived in Astana from Lausanne, Switzerland, after attending an informal South-North leaders dialogue meeting between the heads of state or government of 11 developing countries and the leaders of the Group of Eight held in the French spa town of Evian on Sunday.

Editor: Xiao Wei  Source:Xinhua

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