Chinese president in Uzbekistan for visit, SCO summit

11:22, June 10, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday started a state visit to Uzbekistan, where he will also attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Friday.

This is Hu's second visit to the Central Asian country since he became head of state in 2003.

In a statement released upon his arrival at the airport, Hu said his visit was aimed at enhancing the long-standing friendship between the peoples of the two countries and advancing the friendly and cooperative partnership to a new level.

Hu met with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov later Wednesday, with both sides pledging to further enhance cooperation in all fields.

He put forward a six-point proposal for further enhancing the bilateral friendly and cooperative partnership: maintaining high-level contacts to boost mutual understanding; enhancing energy cooperation; expanding cooperation in new sectors such as high technology and new technology; deepening security cooperation and taking severe measures against the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism; strengthening people-to-people and cultural exchanges to consolidate the foundation of friendship, and intensifying multilateral coordination so as to safeguard the two countries' common interests.

The Chinese president also spoke highly of Uzbekistan's efforts to deepen cooperation among SCO member countries, enhance the internal construction of the organization and boost the organization's international status during its SCO presidency.

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