NEWS AND EVENTS
November 29, 2013
President Karimov Meets with Chinaís Premier
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Kuksaroy residence on November 28 met with the Premier of the Peopleís Republic of China Li Keqiang who arrived in our country with an official visit.
Warmly greeting the guest, the head of our state noted that the Premierís first visit to Uzbekistan in his current post is considered in our country as a reasonable extension of the successful state visit by the President of the PRC Xi Jinping that took place in September and that the outcomes of which facilitated the reinforcement and advancement of interstate cooperation, afforded a new potent impetus to the steadfast consolidation of the strategic partnership between our two nations.
For Uzbekistan, China is currently a reliable and responsible partner, the mutually advantageous and enduring dialogue with which is being built on a robust bedrock of reciprocal respect, including that for the long-term interests of one another.
As it was stressed earlier today at the meeting, the bilateral interaction has been consistently moving forward across practically all areas, namely, in the political, trade-economic, investment, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres.
The business forum that has taken place in Tashkent among the entrepreneurs of our two countries confirmed that the two sides are persistently interested in boosting the mutually beneficial ties and creating new joint production capacities, primarily in the area of high technologies.
The bilateral trade turnover exceeded 3.5 billion US dollars in the nine months of the current year, which is higher than that of the entire 2012. 488 joint ventures with Chinese capital have been operating productively in Uzbekistan. A considerable number of projects are being executed since 2002 with the involvement of Chinese investments for the sum total of 6.75 billion dollars.
In 2012, China started to receive Uzbek natural gas. Currently, construction of the third track of the Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline and the projecting of the fourth one are underway. The commissioning of these lines is expected to allow for the enhancement of export and transit of natural gas from Central Asia to the PRC.
During the conversation, the two sides exchanged views also on other issues in the Uzbek-Chinese cooperation agenda.
Li Keqiang expressed profound gratitude to the head of our state for a warm reception and the opportunity to thoroughly discuss the current trends in the bilateral interaction as well as pressing issues in regional and international affairs of shared interest.
(Source: Press-service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)