‘Nazarbayev and the Making of Kazakhstan: From Communism to Capitalism’ by Jonathan Aitken is now available for Chinese readers.  Previously, the book has been translated into Kazakh, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Korean and Croatian. Jonathan Aitken, a famous biographer, writer and former member of the British Parliament flew from London to Beijing for the presentation ceremony of the book.

JONATHAN AITKEN, AUTHOR OF BOOK:

- When he was a school boy in Kaskelen School in 1957 so 60 years ago suddenly in the school arrived a letter from unknown Chinese schoolboy saying would anyone in Kaskelen School like to be my pen friend. Back at that time this letter was regarded as suspicious. Who was the schoolboy writing? Kazakhstan did not know China.

The author mentions that little boy Nursultan’s desire to learn about China didn’t stop even after his dream had come true. In the early years of independence, the two states resolved a number of complicated issues. By communicating on equal footing with Chinese leaders and using wise diplomacy, Nursultan Nazarbayev resolved disagreements regarding the borders and kept the peace between Kazakhstan and China.

JIANG CHENG-CHUNG, FORMER CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA:

- I learned a lot while I was translating the book into Chinese. I’m very impressed by the country and its President. Kazakhstan, under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, has achieved great success. That's why I recommend this book to read. The book is written in plain language, not in a traditional style and it has a lot of interesting moments.

The facts in the book are based on historical events, interviews with Western politicians and personal memoirs of the president. The edition was published in Europe in 2009 and right after has become popular among English-speaking readers. In addition, the publication reflects a modern history of the Kazakh people, the challenges faced by the country and the achievements of sovereign Kazakhstan.

ASKAR MYRZAKHMETOV, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

- Thanks to this book, Chinese readers will be aware with the achievements of modern Kazakhstan. This is an opportunity to get to know Kazakhstan in a more intimate way. We believe that this will contribute to a new level of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries.

At the presentation ceremony of the book, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Li Huilai, highlighted Nursultan Nazarbayev's contribution to strengthening cooperation between Kazakhstan and China as well as to Kazakhstan's successful socio-economic development.

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