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Chinese, Kyrgyz Leaders Sign Agreements Worth $3 Billion

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev (right) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Bishkek on September 11.
BISHKEK -- A joint declaration on strategic partnership is among several agreements that have been signed following talks in Bishkek between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambaev.

Atambaev told reporters after the talks on September 11 that the signed documents also include agreements on Chinese vehicle deliveries to Bishkek, natural-gas pipeline construction in Kyrgyzstan, cooperation in the health-care sector, upgrading a heating plant in Bishkek, construction of a new highway connecting Kyrgyzstan's north and south, and $10 million in credit to Kyrgyzstan.

The amount of Chinese investment outlined in the documents totals $3 billion.

Xi arrived in Bishkek on September 10 at the start of a four-day visit.

In Bishkek, Xi will also attend a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit scheduled for September 13.