China, Uzbekistan vow to push forward bilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said Friday in Beijing that China is ready to join hands with Uzbekistan to realize the consensus reached by the two heads of state when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Uzbekistan last July, and promote the continuous development of China-Uzbekistan relations.

Li made the remarks when meeting with visiting Uzbekistan First Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Minister Rustam Azimov.

Li said Uzbekistan is China's friendly neighbor and also an important member state of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). China highly values its relations with Uzbekistan.

The two countries firmly support each other on the important issues of each other's concern, and share broad common interests in maintaining regional stability, combating the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism, Li said.

China and Uzbekistan also conducted close cooperation in the international framework such as the United Nations and SCO, the foreign minister added.

Li said Hu Jintao and Uzbekistan President Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov reached a series of important consensus on developing bilateral ties. "We are willing to work together with Uzbekistan to fulfill those consensus, enhance mutual understanding and trust, deepen win-win cooperation and benefit the two peoples," he said.

Azimov said Uzbekistan treasures its friendly cooperative partnership with China. Hu's visit to Uzbekistan last year is a histori event in bilateral ties.

"Uzbekistan is China's sincere friend and trustful partner," he said, adding that his country firmly pursues the one-China policy. "We will make efforts to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields, enhance collaboration within the framework of SCO and push forward the bilateral ties," Azimov said.

The two sides also conferred on regional and international issues of common concern.

Azimov arrived here Wednesday for a five-day working visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese government.

People's Daily Online ---