Xi Jinping will come to Astana on June 7 and stay till the opening ceremony of EXPO

5 June

The exact dates of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan have been announced. According to the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Lu Kang, the Chinese leader will stay in Kazakhstan for 4 days, the website of the Press Office of the State Council of China said.

The leader of the People's Republic of China will come to Astana on June 7 at the invitation of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

"The head of state will also attend the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO member states and the opening ceremony of the international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana", - Lu Kang said.

Let us remind that the fact that President of China Xi Jinping will be among the honored guests of the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 became known in mid-April. Later, the Chinese leader personally confirmed to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev his intention to visit the exhibition.

The website has already mentioned five reasons why the forthcoming Astana EXPO 2017 exhibition is of interest to the Chinese people. The main reasons include the upcoming concert of Dimash Kudaibergen who plunged China in a real "Dimashemania after his participation in the "I'm a singer" contest.

The exhibition of the legendary Terracotta Army will also take place within the framework of Astana EXPO 2017.

Chinese pavilion itself will be fully completed by the end of May and will become one of the largest expositions of the exhibition. The main focus will be made on the achievements enabling to receive electricity and nuclear energy from water. Green cars of Chinese production will be demonstrated at the exhibition as well.

The delegation from China is expected to be the largest one at EXPO 2017. The Chinese exhibition pavilion will host the Xinjiang Week, "The Year of China's Tourism in Kazakhstan" and the National Day of China in Astana.

It is also known that the International Radio of China will provide information support to the EXPO.

It should be noted that earlier a Chinese citizen found himself at the center of a scandal in Kazakhstan when he was photographed climbing a monument to Kazakh biys (heroes). Social networks' users condemned the actions of the Chinese noting that a massive influx of tourists from China is expected during the world exhibition in Astana. Later it became known that the incident occurred on the territory of the People's Republic of China.

Another scandal is connected with the fact that according to the information of Kazakhstan's bloggers, millions of tenge are allocated from the budget of Kazakhstan to service Chinese citizens during the EXPO. Users note the fact that, while doing so, many Chinese people will visit the exhibition for free.

It became known in early May that China will receive two pavilions at the EXPO exhibition.

Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan Zhang Hanhui expressed concern about possible problems with visas for Chinese people prior to the EXPO 2017. According to the Ambassador, there is uncertainty in the issue of obtaining visas related to the work of private Kazakhstani intermediaries.

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