TASHKENT (TCA) — Over two thousand years ago, Chinese and Uzbek cultures intertwined on the Silk Road, giving rise to a bright spark, and that precious friendship has been transmitted for millennia until today, the new Ambassador of China to Uzbekistan, Jiang Yan, told the Jahon information agency, sharing her impressions from the first months of work in Uzbekistan.
China President Xi Jinping paid two state visits to Uzbekistan in 2013 and 2016. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev last year was in China with state visit and took part in the International Forum “One Belt, One Road”. “Under the strategic leadership of the heads of our two countries, the Sino-Uzbek relations have reached a new level of comprehensive strategic partnership. In the conditions of high political mutual trust, an Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee and seven subcommittees were established between the two nations,” the Ambassador said.
In the Ambassador’s words, China has become the largest trading partner of Uzbekistan; it ranks first in terms of investment in Uzbekistan for four consecutive years, investing more than $7.8 billion. At the moment, the number of Chinese enterprises operating in Uzbekistan has exceeded 800.
There is a mutual fusion in the cultural sphere. Confucius Institutes were established in Tashkent and Samarkand, four Chinese higher educational institutions began teaching Uzbek language, and the Center for the Study of Uzbekistan was established at the Shanghai University. A large number of projects in the field of healthcare, archeology, science, education and training are gaining momentum and are actively being implemented, the Ambassador said.
Jiang Yan emphasized that China and Uzbekistan have similar positions on a number of pressing international and regional issues, maintain close ties and coordination within the UN, the SCO and other organizations, make joint efforts to combat the “three evils” (terrorism, extremism, separatism), drugs smuggling and transnational organized crime, seek to ensure national security, contribute to regional peace, stability and development.
The Chinese Ambassador also pointed out that at the ceremony of presenting credentials by the ambassadors of foreign countries in Tashkent, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed hope for the development of Uzbek-Chinese relations: “There are ample opportunities for deepening cooperation in almost all spheres, including trade and economic, investment, innovation, financial, transport-communication and other directions. It is important to further promote regional projects for the development of transport and transit corridors, including the construction of the railway line China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is ready for enhancement of mutually advantageous cooperation with China in the fields of science, culture, education and tourism,” the Uzbek president then said.