Chinese premier calls for closer China-Uzbekistan ties, better SCO cooperation

TASHKENT (TCA) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on October 31 called for commitment to openness in promoting cooperation with Uzbekistan as well as other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Xinhua news agency reported.

Li made the remarks ahead of his first official visit to Uzbekistan as Chinese premier starting on November 1 in a signed article published on local newspapers.

The Chinese premier called Uzbekistan a friendly neighbor and cooperation partner of China.

“Today, openness has again become a key word for the development and revitalization of both countries,” Li said in the article entitled “Promoting Openness and Cooperation for Common Development”. “China sees itself as Uzbekistan’s partner for open cooperation,” said Li.

“China stands ready to form stronger synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and Uzbekistan’s development strategy, and develop a better-structured architecture for even more productive cooperation,” he added.

While in Uzbekistan, Li will also attend the 18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Member States of the SCO.

The Chinese premier said: “I look forward to working with other leaders of SCO member states to reaffirm the Shanghai Spirit, expand mutual openness, raise the level of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, advance regional economic integration, and build an open and inclusive platform for mutually beneficial cooperation.”

“We stand ready to work with Uzbekistan, other SCO member states and the rest of the world to pursue greater openness and better achieve common development,” he added.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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