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Xi Jinping Speaks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the Phone

On April 29, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since last year, China-Uzbekistan relations have withstood the test of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the two sides have supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests, kept close coordination in international and regional affairs, and effectively safeguarded the common interests of the two countries. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as the 30th anniversary of Uzbekistan's independence. Standing at a new historical starting point, China is willing to build on past achievements and forge ahead into the future together with Uzbekistan. China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to push for constant development in the comprehensive strategic partnership and jointly pursue common development and rejuvenation, so as to benefit the people of the two countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to take the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic ties next year as an opportunity to comprehensively upgrade the scale, quality and level of China-Uzbekistan cooperation, synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and the plan to build a new Uzbekistan, promote connectivity, deepen cooperation in trade and investment, expand cooperation in such areas as education, culture, tourism and sports as well as at local levels, and continue to advance vaccine cooperation. China is willing to share with Uzbekistan its experience in poverty reduction, and jointly explore establishing a cooperation mechanism of poverty reduction. Both sides should strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, security and defense to jointly maintain regional security and stability.

Mirziyoyev expressed that I wish to extend warm congratulations on the upcoming centenary of the CPC. Under the leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping, China has made remarkable achievements in economic and social development, and won the battle against poverty. I completely agree on Xi's important remarks that the international community should join hands to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and that countries should treat each other with mutual respect and equality. The Uzbek side views China as its most important and trustworthy strategic partner, firmly upholds the one-China principle, stands ready to learn from China's poverty alleviation experience, plays an active part in Belt and Road cooperation, and continue to deepen bilateral cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, connectivity and security. The Uzbek side fully supports China in successfully hosting the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and is willing to strengthen coordination with China in regional affairs including those regarding the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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