China, Uzbekistan pledge to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation

Samarkand, Uzbekistan, September 15, 2022 (Xinhua) Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev here on Thursday.

Bearing in mind the long-term development of China-Uzbekistan relations and the future well-being of their people, the two countries will expand mutually beneficial cooperation, enhance their friendship and partnership, and implement the vision of a community with a shared future at the bilateral level, the two heads of state said.

The meeting took place in the newly built International Conference Center, which is brilliantly designed and luxurious, on a cool autumn day when the sun was shining in Samarkand.

At 09:45 local time, Xi arrived at the station in a motorcade, where he was warmly greeted by Mirziyoyev as he got out of the car. Xi walked with Mirziyoyev to the square outside the northern entrance through the central hall, where traditional Uzbek decorative designs mix with modern designs.

Mirziyoyev held a grand welcoming ceremony for President Xi. The two presidents entered the stage while the military band played the national anthems of China and Uzbekistan. Xi inspected the honor guard, accompanied by Mirziyoyev. They introduced each other to the accompanying officials and watched the parade together.

After the welcoming ceremony, the two heads of state held official talks.

Xi noted that over the past 30 years of China-Uzbekistan diplomatic relations, the two countries have always respected each other, enjoyed good neighborliness and worked in partnership for mutual benefits.

The two countries continued to deepen strategic mutual trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, fully strengthen their enduring friendship, and bring China-Uzbekistan relations to a new peak of comprehensive strategic partnership, providing a strong impetus created for their common development and prosperity, Xi said.

As a good friend, good partner and good brother, he said, China firmly supports Uzbekistan to follow a development path in accordance with its national conditions, supports its efforts to maintain its national independence, sovereignty, security and social stability, and resist any forces. ‘ interference in its internal affairs.

He added that China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to implement the vision of a China-Uzbekistan community with a shared future, to deepen overall cooperation to achieve mutual benefits and a better future together. start.

Xi stressed that China and Uzbekistan should firmly support each other on issues related to national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and other core interests, and move faster to synergize development strategies and promote common development.

The two sides should speed up and make bilateral cooperation more fruitful, Xi said, adding that it is important to increase cooperation in trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation in digital economy and green development.

He added that China welcomes Uzbekistan’s active participation in the China International Import Expo, to gain more development opportunities offered by the huge Chinese market.

He said China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to improve the Eurasian transcontinental transport corridors and to start early construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project.

Xi said that the two sides should increase energy cooperation, ensure the safe operation of the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline, and expand cooperation to new energy to promote a new type of comprehensive energy cooperation.

The two sides should enhance people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in areas such as education, culture, tourism, local exchanges, environmental protection and antiquities, he said, adding that China will support and actively participate in the “Year of Culture and Arts participate”. between the Peoples of Central Asian countries and China” initiative of Uzbekistan.

Xi noted that the two sides should also work together to speed up the mutual establishment of cultural centers in each other, build the Le Pen workshop, and publicize and embody the facts of China-Uzbekistan friendship in the new era, to lie thus. a solid mass and social foundation for the sustainable and healthy development of China-Uzbekistan relations.

Young people from Uzbekistan are welcome to study Chinese in China, Xi said, adding that the Chinese side will continue to carry out cooperation in health care, vaccines and pharmacy with Uzbekistan, and support the construction of vaccine production centers in Uzbekistan.

He said the two sides should improve cooperation in poverty alleviation, and inspire and support each other to promote growth and improve livelihoods.

Noting that China and the Central Asian countries share a common destiny and a profound common interest in each other’s security and stability, Xi said that China is willing to work more closely with Uzbekistan to strengthen external interference in domestic affairs oppose, firmly protect domestic stability, and firmly defend the region’s security interests.

Xi said China appreciates Uzbekistan’s important contributions to the success of the Samarkand Summit of the SCO, and is ready to work with Uzbekistan to promote the organization’s steady and sustainable development.

Xi also said that China will cooperate with Uzbekistan and other regional countries to improve the China-Central Asian countries’ meeting mechanism and open up a broader space for cooperation between China and Central Asian countries.

He added that China will also cooperate with Uzbekistan to effectively implement the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, support the common interests of developing countries and contribute to building a more fair and equitable international governance system.

Mirziyoyev, for his part, noted that under the wise leadership of President Xi, China has achieved remarkable achievements in its development, and the friendly Chinese people are making steady steps to realize the Chinese Dream.

He wished the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China a complete success.

Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the launch of the strategic partnership between the two countries, Mirziyoyev said that Xi’s historic state visit to Uzbekistan will certainly continue the traditional friendship between the two countries improve, chart the course of future cooperation, and promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between Uzbekistan, China to a new level characterized by new vitality and new horizons.

He said that China is a reliable friend and comprehensive strategic partner of Uzbekistan, and the relations between Uzbekistan and China fully embody the principle of mutual respect, good neighborliness and mutual benefit.

Mirziyoyev added that Uzbekistan appreciates China’s valuable support for national development and the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

He noted that Uzbekistan firmly and unequivocally adheres to the one-China principle, strongly supports China’s position on matters concerning its core interests, including those related to Taiwan and Xinjiang, and is always a good neighbor, good friend and will be good partner worthy of China’s interests. confidence.

He expressed Uzbekistan’s willingness to learn from China’s experience in poverty reduction, continue to actively participate in Belt and Road cooperation, promote the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project, and strengthen cooperation with China on areas such as economy, trade, investment, natural gas, new energy, agricultural infrastructure, culture and relations Local and popular exchanges.

Mirziyoyev said that Uzbekistan fully supports the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative proposed by China, and appreciates China’s strong support for Uzbekistan’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

He also expressed his country’s willingness to cooperate more closely with China within the framework of the mechanisms of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the China and Central Asian countries (C+C5) and BRICS Plus, to uphold the Shanghai spirit and jointly protect regional security and stability.

After the official talks, the presidents of the two countries signed and issued the “Joint Declaration between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Uzbekistan”. Relevant departments of the two governments have signed various cooperation documents covering agriculture, digital economy, green development, culture, local cooperation and media.

During the visit, Chinese, Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the Kyrgyz sector of the China-Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan railway project.

After the official talks, Mirziyoyev hosted a banquet in honor of Xi, during which they exchanged in-depth views on issues of common interest.

After the banquet, Mirziyoyev invited President Xi to participate in the planting of an oak tree in the square outside the northern entrance of the International Convention Center. The two heads of state planted and irrigated oak seedlings together. The oak trees symbolize longevity, and this tree planted by the two chieftains means that the friendship between China and Uzbekistan will flourish and last.

Xi noted that although this visit may not be long, he had fruitful talks with Mirziyoyev and achieved fruitful results.

The world is facing many new risks and challenges that require a collective response, Xi said, expressing his determination to stay in touch with Mirziyoyev to promote the healthy development of China-Uzbekistan relations.

Describing President Xi as his valued elder brother, Mirziyoyev said he always benefits from their meetings. He noted that the fruitful results of this historic visit will show the way for relations between Uzbekistan and China, and he hoped to maintain close exchanges with Xi.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Li Feng all attended related events.

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