|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan|
On May 22, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek.
Wang Yi expressed that China-Uzbekistan relations have achieved leapfrog development under the strategic guidance and personal promotion of the two heads of state in recent years. Last month, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev travelled to China for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) and proposed a constructive plan to deepen cooperation on the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese side appreciated such gestures. The Chinese side is willing to further dovetail the Belt and Road Initiative with Uzbekistan's national development strategy, strengthen cooperation with the Uzbek side in economy, trade, agriculture, production capacity and other fields, help Uzbekistan improve independent development capabilities, constantly elevate the level of bilateral relations, and contribute to promoting regional peace and development. The Chinese side is ready to enhance coordination with the Uzbek side with the aim of boosting the SCO's role in the promotion of regional economic integration, and jointly oppose unilateralism and protectionism.
Abdulaziz Kamilov said that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping at the second BRF in China not long ago. The Uzbek side thereafter assigned special institutions and officials to implement the outcomes of the forum and accelerate the process of jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative between Uzbekistan and China. Uzbekistan firmly adheres to the one-China policy and understands and supports the Chinese side's de-radicalization measures in its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Uzbekistan stands ready to enhance coordination with the Chinese side within the framework of the SCO and other organizations to jointly combat the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism and safeguard regional peace and stability.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Afghan issue, and believed that relevant parties should make use of the recently emerging dawn of peace to promote Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation process and to realize peace and stability in Afghanistan at an early date.