The Uzbek-Chinese cooperation has multidimensional nature, the strategic partnership level is constantly increasing. These ties that serve the national interests of our countries, socio-economic development and growing prestige on the world stage, consistently develop on the basis of cooperation in the spirit of the principles of friendship and mutual trust, a solid foundation for which was laid by the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
The Great Hall of the People saw the official meeting ceremony of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The national anthems of Uzbekistan and China sounded. The heads of state reviewed the guard of honor.
The Chairman of the People's Republic of China XI Jinping warmly welcomed Shavkat Mirziyoev, who arrived in China for the first time, since he took this office.
Xi said that Uzbekistan is a close and important neighbor of China and that both sides have built a comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual trust, mutual benefits and win-win results since they established diplomatic relations 25 years ago.
Xi noted that China is willing to keep close communication and coordination with Uzbekistan in international affairs, the situation in Central Asia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization development.
Xi stressed that Uzbekistan is among the first countries that support and participate in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Xi said the two countries have achieved fruitful results under the Initiative, hoping that they can work together to make greater progress in promoting it.
For his part, Mirziyoyev said Uzbekistan always adheres to the one-China principle and supports China's efforts to safeguard its own interests and major concerns and China's stance on fighting against religious extremism, terrorism, and separatism.
Shavkat Mirziyoev said that Uzbekistan is committed to strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, so as to enhance high-level exchanges, and deepen cooperation with China in trade, investment, productivity, infrastructure, water conservation, people-to-people exchanges under the Belt and Road Initiative.
After the meeting, the two heads of state signed a joint communique and witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in the fields of technology, transportation, medicare, agriculture, hydroelectricity, SME enterprises, infrastructure, tourism and local contacts.
Currently, China is one of the leading states that provides large investments into the Uzbek economy. More than 700 companies and enterprises with participation of Chinese capital operate in Uzbekistan. Over the past years, Chinese investments into the Uzbek economy have surpassed $7.8 billion.
By the end of 2016, the volume of mutual trade turnover amounted to $4.2 billion.
The talks clearly demonstrated the consistent development of bilateral relations and great prospects of cooperation in priority areas.
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