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Senior Chinese, Kazakh officials meet via video link

BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Wang Yang on Friday met via video link with Maulen Ashimbayev, chair of the Senate of Kazakhstan.

Wang, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said that over the three decades since China and Kazakhstan established diplomatic relations, the two countries have witnessed constant leapfrog development in bilateral ties, reaching a new high of a permanent comprehensive strategic partnership.

Noting that the two countries' leaders specified directions for future cooperation in their meeting in February, Wang said that China is ready to work with Kazakhstan to implement the important consensus reached by the two leaders, better synergize strategies, improve international coordination, and strengthen cooperation in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative to deliver more benefits to the two peoples.

The CPPCC is willing to enhance exchanges with the Senate of Kazakhstan to further promote bilateral relations between the two countries, Wang said.

Ashimbayev said the two countries are all-weather friends blessed with huge cooperation potential, and Kazakhstan is ready to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. Kazakhstan's senate is willing to strengthen cooperation with the CPPCC to promote bilateral ties, he said.