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Karimov's visit to inject new vigor into China-Uzbekistan ties: ambassador

(Xinhua)

08:03, June 04, 2012

TASHKENT, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov's upcoming visit to China and participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Beijing will inject new vigor into the pragmatic cooperation between China and Uzbekistan, said Chinese ambassador.

It will be Karimov's sixth official visit to China after his last one in April 2011.

During his visit, Karimov will exchange views with Chinese leaders on China-Uzbekistan ties as well as major international and regional issues of common concern.

In an interview with Xinhua, Ambassador Zhang Xiao said China and Uzbekistan have maintained close high-level exchanges, strengthened their political mutual trust, conducted fruitful security and economic cooperation, and kept increasingly frequent cultural exchanges over the past 20 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations.

According to Uzbek official statistics, the two-way trade volume between China and Uzbekistan reached 2.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, nearly 50 times the volume in the early period of the ties.

By the end of 2011, China's investment in Uzbekistan reached 4 billion dollars. China is Uzbekistan's third largest trading partner, the largest investor, the largest buyer of its cotton and major supplier of telecommunication equipment.

Over 400 Chinese enterprises have invested in Uzbekistan, covering areas of energy, transportation, telecommunications, petrochemistry, construction, agriculture and finance, Zhang said.

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