Leaders of Uzbekistan and China discuss issues of further enhancing multifaceted and comprehensive strategic partnership

17:58 24 January 2024 Politcs
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On January 24, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing with the participation of official delegation members.

At the outset of the meeting, the President of our country expressed sincere gratitude to the Chinese leader for the invitation, warm welcome, and high recognition of the reforms in New Uzbekistan.

The heads of state noted a powerful breakthrough made in bilateral relations over the past years.

The growing dynamics of contacts at all levels, the strengthening of political dialogue, and mutual support on key issues were also acknowledged.

Last November Beijing hosted the first meeting of the Strategic Dialogue of Foreign Ministers. Interparliamentary cooperation has intensified.

Uzbek Leader thanked the President of the People's Republic of China for his attention and support for cooperation issues in the fight against poverty.

The parties welcomed the launch of a pilot project to introduce the Chinese vocational education system in Uzbekistan – the Lu Ban Workshop. 

Trade, economic, and investment cooperation is developing dynamically.

Last year, the trade turnover reached 14 billion USD. Parties mutually agreed that there is every opportunity to increase trade turnover to 20 billion USD soon.

In recent years, the volume of Chinese investment into the economy of Uzbekistan has increased fivefold, and the number of joint ventures has tripled.

An agreement was reached on preparing and adopting cooperation programs in the areas of infrastructure development, industrial cooperation, technology transfer in agriculture, and green energy.

In this respect, the sides acknowledged two solar power plants with a capacity of 1000 megawatts which were put into operation in Uzbekistan with the participation of Chinese companies last year.

The current level of fruitful financial and technical partnership with leading Chinese banks and the Silk Road Fund, as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, was highly appreciated.

The Head of state welcomed the agreements on enhancing financial instruments to support investment projects, including creating a joint platform, as well as the decision of China Exim Bank to open a regional office for Central Asia in Tashkent.

Uzbek Leader also called on Chinese partners to actively participate in the privatization process of state-owned enterprises and banks in Uzbekistan.

The leaders welcomed the intensification of interregional exchanges. They agreed to establish the Council of Regions of Uzbekistan and China to coordinate cooperation in this direction.

The importance of the early start of practical work on the construction of the China – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan railway, designed to become an essential component of the Transcontinental Transport and Transit Bridge within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, was emphasized.

The success of the first educational forum in Beijing and the exhibition of tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan in Shanghai was noted. The events taking place these days as part of the Uzbek Culture Days aroused keen interest among residents and guests of the Chinese capital.

It was observed that there is a need to intensify the practice of conducting reciprocal cultural days and to step up collaboration in tourism and education. A proposal was made to hold the first joint Youth Innovation Forum.

For the practical implementation of all planned activities and initiatives, the parties agreed to hold meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee and all its subcommittees in the first half of this year.

Parties also exchanged views on the current issues of the regional agenda and international politics.

The unwavering position on supporting the “One China” policy and combating the “three forces of evil” was confirmed.

Following the talks, the Leader of Uzbekistan invited the President of the People’s Republic of China to visit Uzbekistan and congratulated the friendly people of China on the upcoming Chinese New Year – the Chun Jie holiday.

The meeting occurred in a trusting, open, and friendly atmosphere.

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