Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (3rd L) and his Kazakh counterpart Karim Masimov (4th R) hold talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec. 14, 2014.
Highlighting the modern Silk Road's cultural importance will help pave the way for people to better understand the initiative and its direction, specialists said at the Silk Road International Cultural Forum held in the Kazakh capital Astana last week.
China secured deals worth more than $14 billion to enhance connectivity with Kazakhstan, another step forward to revive the transcontinental Silk Road.
The 13th meeting of the Heads of Government Council of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Monday.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) and his Kazakh counterpart Karim Masimov hold talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec 14, 2014.
Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Astana on Sunday for an official visit to Kazakhstan and the attendance of the 13th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Premier Li Keqiang starts his first official visit to Kazakhstan Sunday. The two nations are expected to sign deals worth $10b during his two-day trip.
The marathon journey crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, before arriving in Spain with 30 of the wagons it had originally set out with.
China is ready to strengthen defense cooperation with Kazakhstan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, said Premier Li Keqiang.
Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met with his Kazakhstan counterpart, Serik Akhmetov, to discuss enhancing military ties on Monday.
The construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt could create more job opportunities for young people in Kazakhstan because it will attract more Chinese businesses to invest in the neighboring country, university students said.
Numerous high-level visits reconfirm bilateral relations