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Uzbekistan President and Chinese Premier Hold Talks to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Uzbekistan President and Chinese Premier Hold Talks to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Beijing, January 24, 2024, The Europe Today: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, commenced his state visit to the People’s Republic of China with a meeting with Premier Li Qiang at the Great Hall of the People. The discussions centered on further enhancing multifaceted practical interaction, with a primary focus on advancing trade and economic collaboration.

Emphasizing the unprecedented level of relations between Uzbekistan and China across all sectors, the leaders highlighted the significant progress achieved through political will and joint efforts. In the past year alone, trade turnover surged by 50%, reaching $14 billion, setting the stage for a potential increase to $20 billion. The leaders expressed their commitment to boosting mutual supplies of high-quality agricultural and industrial goods. Chinese investments in the Uzbekistan economy exceeded $14 billion, showcasing the robust economic ties between the two nations.

During the talks, the leaders explored avenues for cooperation in infrastructure modernization, industrial collaboration, technology transfer in agriculture, and the development of green energy. Discussions also touched upon the deepening of practical interaction with leading banking and financial institutions in China and the participation of Chinese companies in Uzbekistan’s privatization processes.

The leaders acknowledged the success of the first Uzbekistan-China Forum of Regions and Industrial Exhibition, held on January 22 in Urumqi city. They also commended the educational forum and the ongoing Uzbek Culture Days in China. Both parties expressed support for expanding air traffic and increasing tourist exchanges.

In closing, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev extended an invitation to Premier Li Qiang to visit Uzbekistan, reinforcing the commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations.