|President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan|
On 15 September local time, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan in Samarkand. The two heads of state announced that, bearing in mind the long-term development of China-Uzbekistan relations and the future welfare of their people, the two countries will expand mutually beneficial cooperation, cement their friendship and partnership, and implement the vision of a community with a shared future at the bilateral level.
The meeting took place at the newly built International Conference Center, which was ingeniously designed and magnificent, on a refreshing autumn day as the sun shone brightly on Samarkand.
At 9:45 a.m. local time, President Xi arrived in a motorcade at the International Conference Center where he was warmly received by President Mirziyoyev as he exited the car. Accompanied by President Mirziyoyev, President Xi walked to the square outside the north entrance through the central hall featuring both traditional Uzbek patterns and modern design.
President Mirziyoyev held a grand welcome ceremony for President Xi. The two heads of state stood on the podium as the military band played the national anthems of China and Uzbekistan. Accompanied by President Mirziyoyev, President Xi inspected the honor guard. They introduced to each other their accompanying officials and watched the parade of the honor guard together.
Following the welcome ceremony, the two heads of state held official talks.
President Xi pointed out that over the past 30 years of their diplomatic relations, China and Uzbekistan have always respected each other, enjoyed good-neighborliness and worked in partnership for mutual benefits. They have kept deepening their strategic trust and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation, fully promoted their lasting friendship and elevated China-Uzbekistan relations to the new height of a comprehensive strategic partnership, creating strong impetus for their common development and prosperity. As a good friend, a good partner and a good brother, China firmly supports Uzbekistan in following a development path compatible with its national conditions, supports its efforts to uphold national independence, sovereignty, security and social stability, and opposes interference by any forces in its internal affairs. China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to implement the vision of a China-Uzbekistan community with a shared future, deepen all-round cooperation for mutual benefit and jointly usher in a better future.
President Xi emphasized that China and Uzbekistan should firmly support each other on issues concerning sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and other core interests, move faster to synergize their development strategies and promote common development. The two sides need to accelerate the bilateral cooperation and make it even more fruitful. It is important to scale up cooperation on trade and investment, and step up collaboration on digital economy and green development. Uzbekistan is welcome to take an active part in the China International Import Expo to share in more of the development opportunities brought by China’s massive market. China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to improve the trans-Eurasia transportation corridor and make an early start in constructing the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway. The two sides need to expand energy cooperation, jointly ensure the safe operation of the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline and extend cooperation to new energy, with a view to fostering a new pattern of all-dimensional energy cooperation. The two sides need to promote people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in areas including education, culture, tourism, sub-national exchanges, environmental protection and archaeology. China supports and will actively take part in Uzbekistan’s initiative of “year of culture and art between the people of Central Asian countries and China”. The two sides also need to work together to speed up the establishment of culture centers in each other’s country and the building of a Luban Workshop, and communicate the facts of China-Uzbekistan friendship in the new era, so as to lay a solid public and societal foundation for the sustained and sound growth of China-Uzbekistan relations. Young people from Uzbekistan are welcome to study Chinese in China. The Chinese side will continue to carry out healthcare, vaccine and pharmaceutical cooperation with Uzbekistan, and support the building of vaccine production centers in Uzbekistan. The two sides need to enhance cooperation on poverty alleviation, and inspire and support each other in promoting growth and improving livelihoods.
President Xi pointed out that China and Central Asian countries have a shared future and a deep stake in each other’s security and stability. China is ready to work more closely with Uzbekistan to firmly oppose external interference in internal affairs, firmly safeguard domestic stability and firmly defend the security interests of the region. China appreciates Uzbekistan’s important contributions to the success of the SCO Samarkand Summit and is ready to work with Uzbekistan to promote the steady and sustained development of the SCO. China will work with Uzbekistan and other regional countries to strengthen the “China Plus Central Asia” meeting mechanism and open up broader space for the cooperation between China and Central Asian countries. China will also work with Uzbekistan to actively implement the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and Global Security Initiative (GSI), uphold the common interests of developing countries and contribute to building a more just and equitable international governance system.
President Mirziyoyev noted that under the wise leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has made remarkable achievements in its development and the friendly people of China are making firm strides toward realizing the Chinese Dream. He extended best wishes for a successful 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of strategic partnership between the two countries, President Mirziyoyev pointed out that President Xi’s historic state visit to Uzbekistan will certainly consolidate the traditional friendship between the two countries, chart the course for future cooperation, and elevate the Uzbekistan-China comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height featuring new vitality and new prospect. China is a reliable friend and comprehensive strategic partner. Uzbekistan-China relations fully embody the principle of mutual respect, good-neighborliness and mutual benefit. Uzbekistan appreciates China’s valuable support for its national development and fight against COVID-19. Uzbekistan is firmly and unequivocally committed to the one-China policy, and firmly supports China’s position on matter concerning its core interests including those related to Taiwan and Xinjiang. Uzbekistan will always be trustworthy as well as a good neighbor, good friend and good partner for China. Uzbekistan would like to learn from China’s poverty alleviation experience. It will continue participating actively in the Belt and Road cooperation, advance the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project, and enhance cooperation with China in trade, investment, natural gas, new energy, agricultural infrastructure, culture, sub-national ties and people-to-people exchanges. Uzbekistan fully supports the GDI and the GSI, and appreciates China’s strong support for Uzbekistan’s SCO Presidency. President Mirziyoyev also expressed readiness to work more closely with China in the SCO, “China Plus Central Asia”, and BRICS-plus mechanisms, to uphold the Shanghai Spirit and to jointly safeguard security and stability of the region.
Following the official talks, the two heads of state signed and issued the Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Relevant departments of the two governments signed multiple cooperation documents covering agriculture, digital economy, green development, culture, sub-national cooperation and media.
During the visit, Chinese, Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding concerning cooperation on the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway (the section in Kyrgyzstan).
After the official talks, President Mirziyoyev held a banquet for President Xi, during which they had an in-depth exchange of views on matters of shared interest.
Following the banquet, President Mirziyoyev invited President Xi to jointly plant an oak tree at the square outside the north entrance of the International Conference Center. Together, the two heads of state earthed up and watered the seedling. A symbol of longevity, the oak tree signifies that China-Uzbekistan friendship will thrive and endure.
President Xi pointed out that although this may not be a long visit, he had productive discussions with President Mirziyoyev and achieved fruitful outcomes. The world faces many new risks and challenges that require their collective response, according to President Xi. He expressed his readiness to stay in communication with President Mirziyoyev to promote sound growth of China-Uzbekistan relations.
Describing President Xi as his respected elder brother, President Mirziyoyev said he always benefits from their meetings. He noted the fruitful outcomes of this historic visit which would point the way for Uzbekistan-China relations and expressed his expectation to maintain close exchanges with President Xi.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present at the relevant events.