Xi calls for greater development of China-Azerbaijan relations

Source: Xinhua| 2021-06-03 09:45:32|Editor: huaxia

Aerial photo taken on Jan. 31, 2021 shows the first "Qilu" freight train running from Jiaozhou, east China's Shandong province, to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan in Jiaozhou, Jan. 31, 2021. (Photo by Wang Zhaomai/Xinhua)

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China and Azerbaijan should take the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship next year as an opportunity to push for greater development of bilateral ties.

In a telephone conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Xi suggested that the two countries carry forward their traditional friendship, deepen win-win cooperation, increase mutual support, and create more benefits for their people.

Xi pointed out that since last year, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Azerbaijan have supported each other and joined hands against the challenge, which has demonstrated their true friendship.

Staff members unload the newly-arrived vaccines, manufactured by China's biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, at the airport in Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1, 2021. (Photo by Tofik Babayev/Xinhua)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and China has embarked on a new journey of fully building a modern socialist country, he said, adding that China-Azerbaijan relations now stand at a new historical starting point.

China supports the development path chosen by the Azerbaijani people on the basis of their national conditions, and regards Azerbaijan as an important partner for Belt and Road cooperation, Xi stressed.

The two sides, he suggested, should share opportunities, pursue common development, and ensure sound planning and effective implementation of their Belt and Road cooperation.

China is willing to import more high-quality specialty products from Azerbaijan, encourage Chinese enterprises to invest and start business in Azerbaijan, and carry out cooperation in such fields as infrastructure construction, he added.

The two sides, he said, should deepen cooperation in international transportation and logistics, promote the building of Asia-Europe transport corridors, and improve the level of regional connectivity.

Customs staff members check the first "Qilu" freight train running from Jiaozhou, east China's Shandong province to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan in Jiaozhou, Jan. 31, 2021. (Photo by Xie Hao/Xinhua)

China stands ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Azerbaijan in medical areas, and continue to provide vaccines and other assistance for Azerbaijan's fight against COVID-19, Xi said.

He added that China has achieved a complete victory against poverty, and is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Azerbaijan and jointly promote the cause of global poverty reduction.

For his part, Aliyev extended warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the CPC's founding, and thanked China for providing valuable assistance including medical supplies and vaccines for Azerbaijan's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azerbaijan and China enjoy sound cooperation in politics, economy, transportation and other fields, which has played a positive role in promoting Azerbaijan's economic development, he said.

He added that his country welcomes more investment from Chinese enterprises and is ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with China on regional affairs.

China is Azerbaijan's true partner, and Azerbaijan has been, and will always be firmly supportive of China's position on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, he stressed.

Azerbaijan, he said, stands ready to work with China to push for continuous development of their comprehensive strategic partnership.

He added that his country supports China in successfully hosting the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.