Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 21
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The comprehensive development and strengthening of cooperation in trade-economic, investment, cultural-humanitarian spheres were discussed during the meeting between Uzbek President Islam Karimov and Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang as part of the Uzbek president's state visit to Beijing, the Uzbek National News Agency (UzA) said Aug. 21.
The Uzbek president paid a state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping August on 19 - 20.
During the meeting, the sides stressed that the Uzbek president's visit to China will further promote and develop cooperation between the two countries, give a new impetus to the consistent expansion of strategic partnership.
Following the talks between the Uzbek and Chinese presidents, the joint declaration and the strategic partnership development program for 2014-2018, as well as more than twenty documents envisaging the implementation of joint projects worth $ 5.2 billion, as well as trade contracts worth $ 800 million were signed.
Li Keqiang said that China is ready to continue developing cooperation with Uzbekistan on the basis of mutual trust, respect and commitment, strategic partnership.
At the meeting, the high sides also exchanged views on the implementation of the top level agreements.
In the afternoon, President Karimov visited the ancient city of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. He visited the Terracotta Army Museum, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as toured the ancient city wall of Xi'an.
In a book of honored guests of the museum, Islam Karimov stressed that Xi'an is considered as one of the most attractive cities in China not only because of its unique historical monuments, but also the growing economic power.
During the meeting with the Secretary of Party Committee of Shaanxi Province, chairman of the Assembly of People's Representatives Zhao Zhengyong and governor of the province Lou Qinjian, the views on the development of direct contacts between Samarkand and Xian were exchanged.