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China, Uzbekistan strengthen ties as Uzbek president visits
Last Updated: 2014-08-20 01:58 | Xinhua
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov agreed in Beijing on Tuesday to cement their bilateral strategic partnership featuring mutual benefits, common security and win-win cooperation.

In two hours of talks at the Great Hall of the People, the two presidents approved a development plan for China-Uzbekistan partnership for the next five years.

Xi called on both sides to expand trade and investment, and boost cooperation in such areas as energy, finance, agriculture and transport infrastructure building.

The two presidents agreed to give priority to building line-D of China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline, and speed up a railway project linking China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

They also agreed on cultural exchanges and cooperation in security and law enforcement.

Karimov recalled Xi's visit to Uzbekistan last September. He spoke highly of China's development and its constructive role in global affairs.

Uzbekistan is committed to a closer partnership with China which meets fundamental interests of both countries and peoples and helps regional peace and development, he said.

Karimov appreciated China's policies in developing friendship and win-win cooperation with Central Asian countries, vowing to back China's proposals on the Silk Road economic belt and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The two presidents reached consensus to strengthen coordination in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and promote more substantial results in SCO economic and security cooperation.

After their talks, they witnessed the signing of deals worth over 6 billion U.S. dollars, ranging from trade, loan to the construction of natural gas pipelines and treatment plants.

In a joint declaration, Uzbekistan agreed to adhere to the one-China policy and oppose the so-called "Taiwan independence" in any form.

Both countries pledged to cement cooperation in such areas as energy, mining, transportation, education, tourism and security.

Invited by Xi, Karimov is on a two-day state visit to China from Tuesday to Wednesday. It is his second China trip this year following his visit to Shanghai for the 2014 Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.

China, Uzbekistan agree to expand economic,trade cooperation

China and Uzbekistan agreed on Tuesday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation during a forum on bilateral economic and trade cooperation held here in Beijing.

Meng Jianzhu, Chinese chairman of the China-Uzbekistan intergovernmental committee of cooperation, said in his address to the forum that it is in the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples and conducive to regional peace, stability and development to expand and deepen bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation.

Meng, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, called on both sides to grasp the opportunity to enhance mutual trust, consolidate the basis of cooperation and realize sustainable development.

The two countries need to exploit potential and improve trade to lift the quality and level of bilateral trade, he said.

Meng encouraged the two countries to enhance communication to provide a fair, open and loose investment and management environment.

First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov said in his address that the bilateral economic and trade cooperation is in line with the common interests of the two countries and will help to deepen traditional friendship.

Azimov, who is the Uzbek chairman of the intergovernmental committee of cooperation, called on both countries to give full play of each other's advantages, adding that Uzbekistan welcomes more Chinese investment.

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