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President Hu Jintao Meets with Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev
2004/06/16

On the afternoon of June 16, 2004, President Hu Jintao met at the Turon State Guest House with Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev who was there for the Tashkent Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The two sides exchanged in-depth views on further enhancing China-Kyrgyzstan friendly relations and bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Hu said since the China-Kyrgyzstan Good-neighborly Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation was signed in June 2002, the two sides have been earnestly implementing the articles and provisions of the agreement to promote better development of bilateral relations. The cooperation between the two countries in various fields has been dynamic and fruitful. Akayev indicated since the adoption of the reform and opening-up policy 25 years ago, China has scored tremendous achievements in social and economic development, which was particularly true after China joined the World Trade Organization. China has established a good market economic system in a short period of time. The Republic of Kyrgyzstan thinks highly of the enormous achievements China has attained in market economic development and formally recognizes China's full market economy status, and Akayev handed over to Hu in person a written letter with his own signature to confirm this stance. Hu expressed his appreciation and believed the recognition of China as a full market economy by Kyrgyzstan will definitely promote bilateral reciprocal economic and trade cooperation.

Both heads of state expressed their satisfaction with the rapid development of bilateral relations and the results of bilateral cooperation in various areas, indicating that they would continue to carry out China-Kyrgyzstan Good-neighborly Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation to promote continuous development of bilateral relations. Akayev pledged to further strengthen China-Kyrgyzstan economic and trade cooperation. Hu said China will continue to support Kyrgyzstan's efforts in safeguarding its national sovereignty and security and developing its national economy. He agreed upon Akayev's suggestion on the intensification of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

When talking about the regional situation in Central Asia, both Hu and Akayev believed that the region is facing with the common task of fighting against terrorism, separatism and extremism. They agreed to further enhance cooperation in the security field so as to maintain regional peace and stability.

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