BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- China's national astronomical observatories and Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute from Uzbekistan agreed to step up cooperation.
Cooperation will be carried out in equipment upgrades, frontier research and historical study in astronomical observation and staff training, said Yan Jun, director of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, here at the signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding.
Present at the signing ceremony was also Uzbekistani Ambassador to China Daniyar Kurbanov, who said the agreement was a substantial result of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Uzbekistan.
In last September, Xi visited Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Xi and Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov agreed that scientists of the two countries should carry out cooperation in astronomical study.