On September 15, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the Congress Centre of the Great Silk Road International Tourist Centre in Samarkand, the press office of the President of Uzbekistan reports.
The interlocutors discussed further steps to build up Uzbek-Chinese relations in a wide range of areas. They noted that the two countries have reached an unprecedented level of cooperation over the past year thanks to regular high-level meetings. Bilateral trade has increased, and joint projects in the industrial, economic and social sectors have grown in numbers.
The emphasis was placed on the importance of continuing interregional exchanges, as well as the historic role of the start of construction on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway.
The leaders of Uzbekistan and China discussed issues of regional and international politics, such as the Afghan problem and cooperation within the international and regional organisations, including the Central Asia-China mechanism.
Xi Jinping highly evaluated the outcomes of Uzbekistan’s Presidency in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Following the talks, a package of bilateral agreements on trade, economic, investment, financial and technical cooperation on the implementation of priority projects totalling $15 billion was signed, including the Memorandum on investment cooperation on digital economy, the Memorandum on cooperation on the prevention and combating corruption, the Memorandum of Cooperation on construction, the cultural exchange programme for 2022-2025 and the Agreement on cooperation between the national news agencies.