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Deepen Substantial Cooperation and Seek Long-term Development
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Deng Xijun at the Seminar of China-Afghanistan Relations

Honorable Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Former National Security Advisor to the President of Afghanistan,

Honorable Dr. Sayed Makhdum Raheen, Chairman of Afghanistan-China Friendship Association,

Honorable Mr. Baryalai Sabir Barya, Director-General of the Parliamentary Affairs Department of Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan,

Honorable Dr. Davood Moradian, Director-General of the Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

Warmly welcome you to Chinese Embassy to attend the Seminar of China-Afghanistan Relations, and discuss how to deepen substantial cooperation and seek long-term development between our two countries.

Since the set-up of Afghan National Unity Government, China-Afghanistan friendly and cooperative relations has achieved in-depth development. President Ghani chose China as his first destination of state visit, Premier Li Keqiang met with Chief Executive Abdullah in Kazakhstan, and State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun as well as two Special Envoys of President Xi Jinping, Mr. Yin Weimin, Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, and Gen. Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army of China paid their visits to Afghanistan respectively, which has vigorously promoted the bilateral relations and deepened the substantial cooperation in various fields.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations as well as the Year of Friendship and Cooperation between China and Afghanistan. A series of commemorative activities have been held by both sides. It is worth mentioning that President Ghani hosted a ceremony in the Presidential Palace and awarded prestigious state medal to Professor Che Hongcai, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah attended and delivered a warm speech in the reception jointly held by Afghan Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy. The above-mentioned activities have caused enthusiastic responses from various circles of our two countries, and pushed China-Afghanistan friendly cooperation to a new high.

This year is also the first year for Afghanistan of entering the period of transformation, after the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force. As a friendly neighbor, China hopes to see a united, stable and developing Afghanistan which lives in harmony with its neighbors. China is willing to play a greater constructive role in Afghanistan, continue to support the effective administration of the Afghan National Unity Government, support the reconciliation between the Afghan Government and various political factions including the Taliban, support the economic and social reconstruction of Afghanistan, support Afghanistan’s integration in regional cooperation, and work with the international community to make unremitting efforts to realize the successful transition of Afghanistan.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends,

How can we develop the China-Afghanistan Strategic Cooperation Partnership in the next 60 years? This is an important question to be faced by our two governments and peoples. China attaches great importance to its relations with Afghanistan, and hopes to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between our two countries in the following 6 areas:

First, maintain frequent strategic communication. We should give play to the irreplaceable leading role of high-level exchanges in boosting bilateral relations, promote the exchange of visits and meetings in multilateral arenas such as international conferences between the leaders of both sides. Meanwhile, we should maintain the momentum of other levels exchanges, and strengthen strategic communication on major issues.

Second, expand the mutually-beneficial economic cooperation. The Chinese side hopes that the second meeting of China-Afghanistan Joint Committee on Economic and Trade could be convened in Beijing soon after the cabinet of the Afghan Government sets up, so as to work together to design the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and promote the relevant practical cooperation. The Chinese Government encourages and supports the capable Chinese companies to invest in Afghanistan, and hopes to make joint efforts with the Afghan side to solve the problems of the Aynak Copper Mine project and the Amu Darya Basin Oil Field project, so as to benefit the peoples of our two countries at an early date.

Third, carry forward the China aid projects. China will work closely with Afghanistan to implement the package of assistance plans declared by the Chinese leaders during President Ghani’s visit to China last year. China is willing to dispatch interdepartmental working group to help Afghanistan formulate a national infrastructure development plan. I would like to emphasize that China’s aid to Afghanistan is sincere and without any political conditions.

Fourth, promote the security cooperation. Afghanistan is an important partner of China in combating the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement”. China hopes to deepen the security cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting against all forms of terrorism, extremism and separatism. China will continue to help Afghanistan strengthen capability building of its army and police.

Fifth, broaden the friendly exchanges between China and Afghanistan. For celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between our two countries, China will invite the Afghan delegations of political parties, youth, media and think tanks to visit China within this year, with a view of promoting China-Afghanistan friendly cooperation to be rooted deeper into the hearts of the people. China will fulfill its commitment on offering Afghanistan 500 scholarships in the next 5 years, so as to encourage and support more Afghan youth to study in China.

Sixth, enhance coordination in multilateral affairs. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, with the Security Council Reform to be the focus by all the parties concerned. China hopes to further promote communication and cooperation with Afghanistan on the international and regional affairs, and work together to push the Security Council Reform towards the direction which is beneficial to maintain the long-term development of UN and the overall interests of the member states.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends,

Since this March, the Afghan media had a wide coverage of China’s annual sessions of the National People's Congress(NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC), which focused on China’s economic and social development and its foreign policies. I would like to take this opportunity to give a brief introduction. In my views, the highlights of the two sessions are as follows:

First of all, the Four Comprehensives raised by President Xi Jinping were widely echoed by the representatives and members during the sessions. The Four Comprehensives means that comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively implementing the rule of law, and comprehensively governing the Communist Party of China, which serves as the general principles of China’s governance at present and in the years to come.

Second, the Chinese economy has entered a state of new normal. China’s GDP growth is 7.4% in 2014 and the new growth target is set at about 7% in 2015. It is lower than the growths over the past years and the expectations of some people, but China stresses more on the quality and sustainability of the economy growth.

Third, Premier Li Keqiang mentioned in the Work Report of the Government that promoting the mass entrepreneurship and innovation will motivate the endless creativity among the people, activate every cell in society, thus gather stronger driving force of development.

Fourth, “One Belt One Road” continued to be the most-talked word in the sessions this year. 3 days ago, the Chinese Government issued the Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. With the nature of white paper, this document is featured by rich content and authoritative express, including the background, principles, contents, mechanisms, objective, etc. on promoting jointly building “One Belt One Road”. You can have this document from leaflets desk of this hall, or download from the website of Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan. We are pleased to have the opinions and suggestions of the Afghan friends, and hope to enhance relevant communication and cooperation with the Afghan side.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All friends at presence are witnesses, observers, and constructors of China-Afghanistan relations, and play important roles as envoys of friendship in bilateral exchanges. Amity between the people holds the key to state-to-state relations. I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all of you. Now China-Afghanistan relations is standing at a new historical starting point. Let us inherit the traditional friendship, forge ahead hand in hand and work together for a brighter future of China-Afghanistan relations.

Thank you.

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