Uzbekistan and China will develop a strategy for the development of relations over the next 20 years

File photo: President Hu Jintao visited Uzbekistan in June 2010
Uzbekistan and China will develop a strategy for the development of bilateral relations over the next 20 years.

The President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has began his official visit in Beijing today. The visit of the President of Uzbekistan will be held on June 5-6, this is his sixth official visit to China.

According to the schedule of the visit, the President of Uzbekistan will hold a series of meetings and negotiations with representatives of China, during which both sides will exchange views on ways of further promoting bilateral relations and fruitful cooperation. In addition, during the meetings and talks with the Chinese leadership they will discuss important regional and international issues.

Following the visit a signing ceremony is scheduled for the joint declaration on strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and China, as well as the signing of other bilateral documents aimed at further strengthening of Uzbek-Chinese cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment and other fields.

Upon completion of the official visit, Islam Karimov will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which will be held on June 6-7 in Beijing.

At present, the Uzbek-Chinese relations are governed by a solid package of documents, including agreement on partnership relations of friendship and cooperation, a joint declaration on the development of partnership relations, friendship and cooperation.

In 2011 the mutual trade turnover between China and Uzbekistan increased by 18.9% compared with 2010 – to $ 2.6 billion, China is the third largest trading partner of Uzbekistan. The procurement of Uzbek cotton, delivery of communication equipment to Uzbekistan and reclamation techniques are taking leading position. The volume of Chinese investments to Uzbekistan have reached more than $ 4 billion, there are about 400 enterprises that were created with the participation of Chinese capital, operating in the field of energy, transport and communications, engineering, construction, agriculture, finance and other sectors.

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