A police officer stands guard in front of the city hall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Jan. 5, 2022. (KALIZHAN OSPANOV / XINHUA)
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sent a verbal message to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev over the recent large-scale riots in Kazakhstan.
Noting that the riots have caused heavy casualties and property losses, he expressed his sincere sympathies to President Tokayev in the message.
He said President Tokayev has taken decisive and effective actions at a critical moment, quickly calming the situation, which has shown his sense of responsibility as a statesman and demonstrated a highly responsible attitude to the country and the people.
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China firmly opposes any force undermining Kazakhstan's stability, threatening the country's security, and sabotaging the peaceful life of the Kazakh people, said Xi.
He said China strongly rejects any attempt by external forces to provoke unrest and instigate "color revolutions" in Kazakhstan, as well as any attempt to harm the friendship between China and Kazakhstan and disrupt the two countries' cooperation.
China, as a fraternal neighbor and permanent comprehensive strategic partner of Kazakhstan, is ready to provide necessary support to help it overcome the difficulties, said the Chinese leader.
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No matter what risks and challenges get in the way, China will always remain as a trustworthy friend and reliable partner of Kazakhstan, and the Chinese people will forever stand with the Kazakh people, he added.