Let’s Sing a Spring Song on Friendly Cooperation
The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Uzbekistan, Jiang Yan, shared her impressions from the first months of work in the new country on the occasion of Navruz, the New Year in accordance with the astronomical solar calendar, in Uzbekistan. According to the diplomat, she feels a great responsibility for her mission.
- In Uzbekistan, it is March and spring is already in full swing. Each flower and blade of grass, snowy mountains and clean springs, historical monuments – everything reminds the glorious and magnificent civilization of this ancient country on the Great Silk Road. It is a great honor for me as a new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Uzbekistan to take the baton carrying the friendship of the two peoples for generations to continue the great work on the development of bilateral relations of comprehensive strategic partnership.
Recently I took part in the festive celebration of Navruz, whose cheerful and merry atmosphere literally swallowed me. I would like to take this opportunity to once again congratulate all residents of Uzbekistan on the occasion! I wish such a bright and warm day as Navruz always be part of your lives!
Over 2 thousand years ago, Chinese and Uzbek cultures intertwined on the Silk Road, giving rise to a bright spark. This precious friendship has been transmitted for millennia until today; it flows in the veins of Chinese and Uzbek peoples, striving for peace and kindness. In the 26 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, no matter how the international situation changed, the peoples of our countries have always been shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand, promoting friendly cooperation that thrives and revives, like spring in Tashkent.
The PRC Chairman Xi Jinping paid two state visits to Uzbekistan in 2013 and 2016. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev last year was in China with state visit and took part in the International Forum “One Belt, One Road”. Under the strategic leadership of the heads of our two countries, the SinoUzbek relations have reached a new level of comprehensive strategic partnership. In the conditions of high political mutual trust, an Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee and seven subcommittees were established between the two nations.
China has become the largest trading partner of Uzbekistan; it ranks first in terms of investment in Uzbekistan for four consecutive years, investing more than $ 7.8 billion. At the moment, the number of Chinese enterprises operating in Uzbekistan has exceeded 800.
There is a mutual fusion in the cultural sphere. Confucius Institutes were established in Tashkent and Samarkand, four Chinese higher educational institutions began teaching Uzbek language, and the Center for the Study of Uzbekistan was established at the Shanghai University. A large number of projects in the field of healthcare, archeology, science, education and training are gaining momentum and are actively being implemented.
At the hindsight, I sincerely rejoice at the achievements of Sino-Uzbek relations, the allround strategic partnership. Looking to the future, I am full of confidence in the brilliant prospects of the bilateral mutually advantageous cooperation.
This conviction comes from the similarity of aspirations of our two nations to development and revival and from the proper allocation of priorities, that is, the economy is always on the forefront.
Under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the people of Uzbekistan have already opened a new page in the country’s development.
The business environment has significantly improved, which explains the rise of Uzbekistan’s positions in international ratings for assessing the business setting; cooperation with neighboring countries has assumed unprecedented proportions, which completely reformatted the regional environment; investments in housing construction, healthcare, and education have significantly increased.
There have been significant changes in the structure of the economy, high-tech manufacturing industry over the past five years increased by 11.7%; innovative development has yielded rich results, investments in social research and development have increased by an average of 11% per year, which ranks second in the world; successfully promoting the initiative “One Belt, One Road”, China leads the world in terms of foreign trade and attracting foreign investment. Currently, a new model of China’s economic growth is emerging on the basis of such new drivers as the network of high-speed railways, mobile payments, electronic commerce, joint economy.
This confidence comes from the mutual respect and support of the two countries and their consistent commitment to regional and global peace and stability. The Chinese side firmly supports the policy of Uzbekistan to preserve national security and promote national development. Tashkent firmly supports Beijing in upholding sovereignty and territorial integrity and in other key issues. China and Uzbekistan have similar positions on a number of pressing international and regional issues, maintain close ties and coordination within the UN, the SCO and other organizations, make joint efforts to combat the “three evils” (terrorism, extremism, separatism), drugs smuggling and transnational organized crime, seek to ensure national security, contribute to regional peace, stability and development.
This confidence comes from the general concept of development on the path of prosperity and power of the country through mutually beneficial cooperation. Firmly adhering to the principle of joint consultation, joint construction and joint use, the Chinese side always resolutely promotes the construction of the “One Belt, One Road” based on equal participation, transparency and win-win scheme. Beijing always welcomes Uzbekistan’s participation in the construction of the belt and road with widespread arms. At the same time, we are happy to see that under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan is continuously seeking new effects in implementing economic reforms and opening the country to the outside world. All this provides an opportunity for bilateral cooperation. The Chinese side stands ready to make full use of the complementarity of the two national economies, to uncover the potential for cooperation and to promote the improvement of the system of practical interaction. In the meantime, China also expects Uzbekistan’s expansion of exports and an important role in the process of regional interaction through the supply of more competitive goods.
The confidence comes from a common desire to undertake unremitting efforts to promote friendship between the two peoples through mutual borrowing. One silk thread permeates a thousandyear history, one trade road is permeated with millennial culture. As ancient civilizations on the Great Silk Road, the Chinese and Uzbek cultures have a great deal of spiritual bonds rooted in the past. The Chinese side is willing to inherit the deep historical and cultural traditions of the two countries, promote the spirit of the Silk Road, built on peace, development and cooperation, along with the Uzbek side to enhance ties in education, culture, healthcare, science, archeology and other fields, bright moments and enrich the substance of the Sino-Uzbek friendly relations.
In May 2017, during the meeting with President Mirziyoyev, Chairman Xi Jinping expressed his commitment to the development of “all-weather” friendship with the Uzbek side, readiness to provide mutual support on issues of fundamental interest to the two countries and the intention to continuously strengthen and deepen the political and strategic mutual trust, so that bilateral contacts further contribute to the development of the two countries.
At the ceremony of presenting credentials by the ambassadors of foreign countries in Tashkent, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed hope for the development of UzbekChinese relations: “There are ample opportunities for deepening cooperation in almost all spheres, including trade and economic, investment, innovation, financial, transport-communication and other directions. It is important to further promote regional projects for the development of transport and transit corridors, including the construction of the railway line China-KyrgyzstanUzbekistan. Uzbekistan is ready for enhancement of mutually advantageous cooperation with China in the fields of science, culture, education and tourism.”
The sincere expectations of the leaders of our two countries is the benchmark and direction of the long-term development of the Sino-Uzbek relations. As the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Uzbekistan, I feel a great responsibility for my mission. We are ready to grasp the golden period of the development of bilateral ties with all the friends of the public, together we will sing a spring song about friendly cooperation between China and Uzbekistan.
“Having heard the sound of camel bells and the neighing of horses, it seems as if they are returning to the era of flourishing dynasties of Tang and Han.” The bilateral trade turnout has grown hundred-fold since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The economy of the republic is growing steadily, in 2017 the GDP grew by 5.3% China’s GDP reached 82.7 trillion yuan, accounting for about 15% of the global GDP, while the input into world economic growth exceeded 30%.