TASHKENT, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China and Uzbekistan
issued a joint communique on Saturday, pledging further efforts to strengthen
bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here Friday afternoon for a two-day official visit to Uzbekistan at the
invitation of Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shakes
hands with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyaev in Tashkent,
Nov. 3, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
During the visit, Chinese and Uzbek leaders had an
in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and regional and international
issues of common concern, and reached a broad consensus, the communique said.
Pledging to adhere to the guidelines and principles
set out in the treaty on the friendly and cooperative partnership signed between
China and Uzbekistan on May 25, 2005, the two sides said they would further
enhance bilateral exchanges at various levels, including high-level visits, and
deepen pragmatic cooperation in politics, economy, culture and security.
The two countries expressed their resolve to support
each other's policies and actions over such major issues as safeguarding
national independence, sovereignty and security, the communique said.
Uzbekistan reaffirms its adherence to the one-China
policy, recognizing that the government of the People's Republic of China is the
sole legitimate government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an
inalienable part of China's territory.
Uzbekistan opposes "Taiwan independence" in any form,
including the "de jure independence" of Taiwan, and also opposes Taiwan's
membership in any international and regional organizations where statehood is
required, the document said.
Uzbekistan affirmed that it will not establish any
form of official ties nor have any official contacts with Taiwan and that it
supports all of the Chinese government's efforts to realize national
reunification. The Chinese side highly appreciates Uzbekistan's position in this
China reiterated its support to Uzbekistan and its
leaders in their efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and
territorial integrity and uphold national dignity, and to maintain domestic
stability and develop its national economy. China opposes any attempt to
interfere in the internal affairs of Uzbekistan under the guise of "human
rights," the communique said.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (Back, L3)
and his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyaev (Back, L4) attend the signing
ceremony after talks on bilateral relations and other regional and
international issues of common concern, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 3,
2007. China and Uzbekistan signed 10 agreements on closer cooperation in
various fields including economic and technology, public health, finance,
transportation, water supply and environmental protection. (Xinhua
The communique said the two countries will respect
each other's rights to choose their own paths of development. Neither country
will allow a third country to use its territory to engage in any activities
which would harm the other country's sovereignty, security and territorial
integrity, it said.
The two nations pledged continued efforts to work
with other Central Asian countries to maintain security and stability in the
region and promote common development and prosperity.
Both sides vowed to strengthen coordination and
cooperation, in accordance with the Shanghai Convention Against Terrorism,
Separatism and Extremism and the China-Uzbekistan Agreement on Combating
Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism, and continue to take strong measures in
their joint fight against the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and
Both sides agreed to expand cooperation in energy,
transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, chemical industry, mining and
infrastructure, and continue to explore new areas of cooperation, the communique
They also agreed to restore and put into operation a
road connecting China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, at an early date.
Both sides promised to increase cooperation in
education, science and technology, culture, health, sports and tourism, and
promote contacts and exchanges between youth and women's organizations, as well
as universities of the two countries. China agreed to add Uzbekistan to the list
of tourist destinations for Chinese citizens, the communique said.
In efforts to strengthen the bilateral partnership
and promote all-round and mutually-beneficial cooperation, Premier Wen and Prime
Minister Mirziyaev have instructed relevant departments of their respective
countries to draft a five-year plan for implementing the Sino-Uzbek treaty on
the friendly and cooperative partnership.
Both sides reiterated that the treaty signed by SCO
(Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members in Bishkek in August on long-term
good-neighborhood, friendship and cooperation has laid a solid legal foundation
for long-term, mutually-beneficial cooperation among SCO member states.
They pledged serious efforts to implement the treaty
along with fellow SCO members, so as to deepen cooperation within the SCO in the
fields of security, economy and culture.