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China-Uzbekistan Friendship Strengthened: Ambassador Yu Jun Reflects on a Pivotal Year

Tashkent, January 22, 2024, The Europe Today: In a notable publication by one of China’s authoritative newspapers, a key partner of the Uzbekistan National News Agency “People’s Daily,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Uzbekistan, Yu Jun, penned an article titled “Friendship between China and Uzbekistan is deeply rooted in people’s hearts.”

Ambassador Yu Jun highlighted 2023 as a momentous year in the ongoing development of relations between the two nations, crediting the strategic leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The article underscores the remarkable achievements in building a New Uzbekistan and advancing national reforms, resulting in a flourishing economy, societal development, improved living standards, and an enhanced international standing for Uzbekistan.

Throughout the year, President Mirziyoyev’s two visits to China, particularly attending the First China-Central Asia Summit and the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, facilitated crucial discussions with President Xi Jinping. These interactions focused on the future prospects of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Uzbekistan in a new era.

The diplomatic report highlighted record-breaking trade turnover, reaching $12.2 billion in the first 11 months of 2023. Additionally, strengthened investment cooperation, closer interregional exchanges, and a growing interest in humanitarian collaboration have cemented a profound friendship between the two nations.

Looking forward to 2024, Ambassador Yu Jun conveyed China’s readiness to actively contribute to building a powerful nation and national rejuvenation through modernization with Chinese characteristics. China aims to intensify its openness to the world, sharing development opportunities and seeking mutual benefits with other nations. As a responsible global power, China pledges active participation in international and regional affairs, addressing global challenges, and contributing to the establishment of a community with a shared destiny for humanity.

The Ambassador emphasized China’s commitment to work collaboratively with Uzbekistan to implement important agreements between the two heads of state. This includes linking the joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative and New Uzbekistan, promoting the sustainable development of bilateral relations at a high level, and jointly building a united community fate between China and Uzbekistan.

As the article concludes, it sets the stage for President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s upcoming state visit to China from January 23-25, reinforcing the enduring and evolving friendship between the two nations.