Friday, July 10, 2015

Xi eyes China-Uzbekistan community of common interests, destiny | 2015-07-10

UFA, Russia, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday voiced his expectation to build a community of common interests and common destiny between China and Uzbekistan.  "China attaches great importance to its ties with Uzbekistan and firmly adheres to a friendly policy toward the country," Xi said when meeting here with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov on the sidelines of the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.  Noting that the development of bilateral ties have made leaps and bounds in recent years, Xi said the two countries have carried out comprehensive cooperation on security, energy, finance, transport, agriculture and telecommunications, along with a series of joint large-scale projects, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples.  "I hope the two sides will continue working together closely to make China and Uzbekistan a community of common interests and common destiny featuring equality, reciprocity and win-win cooperation with a common stake in security," said the Chinese president.  There is immense potential for economic cooperation between China and Uzbekistan, Xi said, calling on the two sides to interlink their development strategies, chart a roadmap for cooperation based on the existing deal on building the Silk Road Economic Belt, and identify and carry out some early-harvest projects.