On May 18, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev started his state visit with bilateral talks with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
The meetings with the participation of delegations of the two countries took place at the Shaanxi residence in the city of Xi’an.
At the beginning of the meeting, President Xi Jinping warmly welcomed the head of our state, cordially congratulated on the successful holding of constitutional referendum and wished great success in the upcoming presidential elections in Uzbekistan.
For his part, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed gratitude for the invitation to pay a state visit to China and the warm and hospitable welcome. He sincerely congratulated the Chinese leader on the successful holding of major political events and reelection to top government positions in the country.
Topical issues of a broad agenda of the Uzbek-Chinese relations of comprehensive strategic partnership in a new era were thoroughly discussed.
Consistent execution of reached agreements, enhancing dynamics of bilateral contacts, strengthening of political dialogue and mutual support on key issues were noted with a particular satisfaction.
A special attention was paid to the productive exchange of experience and practical measures of cooperation in poverty alleviation, including through the implementation of socially important projects in agriculture, land tenure, small and medium business, modernization of infrastructure, improving the quality of medical services and vocational education.
The prospects for expanding mutually beneficial practical cooperation in the trade and economic sphere were substantially discussed. It is about the promotion of joint projects, primarily in the creation of modern industrial facilities, investment and high-tech enterprises.
At the moment, a long-term project portfolio has been formed totaling $25 billion, of which $18 billion are «solid» agreements reached following the business forum held shortly beforehand.
A particular attention was paid to the implementation of a full-scale program of investment and technological cooperation for the development of alternative energy, which includes the construction of solar, wind and hydroelectric power plants, production of photovoltaic panels, electrical equipment, transformers, batteries, as well as the digitalization of management and training of specialists.
The opportunities for deepening cooperation in the production of a new generation vehicles - the launch of a modern plants for the production of electric and hybrid cars were considered.
The importance of developing projects in related industries was stressed. In particular, the creation of a high-tech cluster for the production of electrical products based on deep processing of copper, lithium and rare earth metals.
In addition, mutual interest in deepening and expanding cooperation in the production of plastics, chemical products, metal products, food products, construction materials, finished textiles, creation of biotechnology cluster and many others was noted.
Current level of fruitful financial and technical cooperation with leading Chinese banks and the Silk Road Fund, as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was highly assessed.
Joint activities on unlocking the potential of cooperation between the regions of the two countries, including the transformation of the Syrdarya Region into a «territory of advanced innovations» have been defined.
Taking into account the resumption of active contacts and air communication, the subject of holding the First Forum of Cities and Regions in Uzbekistan will be worked out.
The targets for a balanced increase in mutual trade turnover were outlined, which has doubled in recent years.
The importance of soonest start of practical work on construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railroad was underscored.
In the humanitarian sphere, the sides agreed on the necessity to intensify cooperation in education and tourism, hold mutual days of culture, art and cinema as well as expand programs in traditional medicine, treatment of eye and other diseases, production of vaccines and pharmaceuticals.
An exchange of views on topical issues of the regional agenda and international politics also took place.
The meeting took place in a traditionally trusting, open and friendly atmosphere. The Uzbek Leader invited the head of China to pay a visit to our country. The invitation has been gratefully accepted.