China, Uzbekistan vow to boost bilateral trade as relations expand
The national flags of China and Uzbekistan. /CFP
The national flags of China and Uzbekistan. /CFP

The national flags of China and Uzbekistan. /CFP

China and Uzbekistan have pledged to improve bilateral trade balances as the two countries agreed to "comprehensively" increase cooperation in a joint statement on Thursday.

The statement, containing 28 points, comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the city of Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, where the China-Central Asia Summit is taking place.

The two countries will explore new growth areas for bilateral trade cooperation, the statement said, adding that China is willing to expand its import of quality agricultural products from Uzbekistan while accelerating the process of granting licenses for certain types of those products.

The statement also noted that energy cooperation makes up an important part of bilateral relations, and that Chinese companies are welcome to participate in solar energy, wind power and hydro projects in Uzbekistan.

China and Uzbekistan also agreed to streamline visits between the two countries. In the statement, China appreciated Uzbekistan for granting Chinese citizens visa-free stay for ten days and expressed its willingness to make it more convenient for Uzbek citizens to enter China.

The two sides stressed that head-of-state diplomacy has offered the firmest political foundation to the China-Uzbekistan comprehensive strategic partnership.

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