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China, Kazakhstan To Construct Oil Pipeline

China and Kazakhstan are in talks about constructing the second oil pipeline

China and Kazakhstan are in talks about constructing the second oil pipeline to link the two countries.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokaev and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are negotiating now in Beijing.

The construction of the first oil pipeline that links Atasu in central Kazakhstan to Alashenkou in western China without crossing Russian territory was completed in 2005.

However, the pipeline is unlikely to meet all energy requirements of China and the country needs one more pipeline now.

Constructing the second pipeline was in the center of attention at the yesterday?s talks of Tokaev, the sources specified. It is not the matter of some public agreements yet, but the parties have reached understanding to promote promising projects, including construction of a gas pipeline, heat power plant and super high-voltage power lines.