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Kazakhstan the first country Xi visited during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beijing, The Indonesia Post – Kazakhstan became the first country that Chinese President Xi Jinping visited since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world in early 2020.

The number one person in the world’s most populous country arrived in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, Wednesday for a state visit.

As China’s permanent comprehensive strategic partner, Kazakhstan is a bridge linking China with Central Asia and Europe, Chinese officials are quoted as saying by local media.

It was in that country that the Chinese President first proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013.

In the same year Xi proposed BRI on his second visit to Jakarta.

Xi’s arrival at Nur Sultan Nazarbayev International Airport on Wednesday afternoon was greeted by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev who was accompanied by senior officials.

This year marks 30 years of China-Kazakhstan diplomatic relations.

After enduring various changes and the passage of time, China-Kazakhstan relations have grown stronger, Xi wrote in an article published in Kazakh media.

He will hold in-depth discussions with President Tokayev on the continuation of the China-Kazakhstan comprehensive strategic partnership and how to enhance cooperation that benefits both countries.

From Kazakhstan, Xi will continue a state visit to Uzbekistan and then attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

On the sidelines of the summit, Xi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (mhn/bbs)

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