Let’s Sing a Spring Song on Friendly Co­op­er­a­tion

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

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%.

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