Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dynamics of Uzbek-Chinese relations By Mirzokhid Rakhimov

China.org.cn - June 21, 2016

In June 2016 Xi is paying a state visit to Uzbekistan and will attend the 16th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. In 2012, China and Uzbekistan signed a declaration on strategic partnership. In the following year, Islam Karimov and Xi Jinping agreed to develop and deepen a new agreement on friendship and partnership and a joint declaration was signed during President Xi's first visit to Tashkent in 2013.  China is the leading trade partner of Central Asia, and the dynamics of China-Uzbek trade turnover grow constantly; thus, in 2007, turnover of commodities was US$904 million, and by 2015 it had reached more than US$4.1 billion. In September 2013, during Chinese President Xi's official visit to Uzbekistan more than 30 documents were signed for joint implementation projects with a total value of US$15 billion. In August 2014, during an official visit by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to China, numerous economic and financial agreements were signed, valuing more than US$6.2 billion. Karimov and Xi also signed a strategy partnership development program for 2014-2018.