China, Kyrgyzstan share common standpoint against 'three evils'
Updated 23:00, 13-Jun-2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov shake hands during their meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 13, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov shake hands during their meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 13, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Terrorism is a common threat and enemy for mankind, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, stressing that his country has always opposed any form of terrorism, and ready to work with Kyrgyzstan to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism.

President Xi made the remarks while meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Jeenbekov in the capital Bishkek.

"We have pictured a new blueprint for our future relationship," said Xi. "Standing at a new historical point, the two sides will further boost political mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and facilitate the comprehensive strategic partnership with renewed fruits." 

China, as it always has done, will support Kyrgyzstan in its independent choice of development path since the two countries both stood the test of the international crisis, Xi added.

For implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the president said the two have proposed new objectives and tasks. 

"We will also deepen people-to-people exchanges and cooperate closer in the fields of tourism, archeology, education and so on," he continued. 

"We also agree that terrorism is a common threat and enemy for humankind. China has always opposed any form of terrorism, and China is ready to work with Kyrgyzstan in the field of anti-terrorism," Xi stressed. 

For his part, Jeenbekov said President Xi has made great contributions to bilateral ties, and thanked him for his long-term support. 

Same as China, Kyrgyzstan is committed to enhancing cooperation against the "three evils" – terrorism, separatism and extremism, Jeenbekov noted.

The BRI and the national development strategy resonate with and reinforce each other, Jeenbekov said, adding that his country would like to deepen cooperation with Chinese side in fields of trade, investment, energy, agriculture, communication and people-to-people exchanges. 

The president added that he welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in his country. 

Xi awarded Kyrgyzstan's highest medal

Jeenbekov awarded Xi the Manas Order of the First Degree, the highest national prize of the central Asian nation on Thursday.


Speaking at a ceremony held in the state guest house in Bishkek, Jeenbekov said he appreciates Xi's special contributions to the development of the Kyrgyzstan-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

He said his country will never forget China's long-running support and assistance, and believes that Xi's visit this time will open up a new chapter of bilateral ties between the two countries.

In response, Xi thanked Jeenbekov for awarding him the honor, saying it manifests that people in Kyrgyzstan have good faith and friendly relations and feelings towards Chinese people. 

The two sides have signed a series of documents and a joint statement on deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Kyrgyzstan. 

In the joint statement, Kyrgyzstan spoke highly of China's efforts made in protecting the cultural diversity and religious freedom in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and supports the measures China takes to maintain peace, stability and development in the region.

According to the joint statement, Beijing and Bishkek agreed that the BRI, through implementation of major projects, is of key significance to bilateral ties and regional cooperation. 

The two presidents also met with the press after their talks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying a state visit to Kyrgyzstan scheduled for June 12 to 14, where Xi will also attend the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held in Bishkek. 

This is Xi's second visit to Kyrgyzstan after his trip to the country six years ago. 

(With input from Xinhua)