Leading experts from Uzbekistan and China
analyzed the best ways to eliminate the consequences of COVID-19 and new
opportunities for developing bilateral cooperation
Representatives of the Institute of
Strategic and Interregional Studies (ISMI) under the President of the
Republic of Uzbekistan took part in an online expert conference on the
topic: “Sino-Uzbek comprehensive strategic partnership in a new context,”
The event, organized with the support of the Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China in Uzbekistan, was attended by the leaders and leading
experts of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Institute of East European,
Russian and Central Asian Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,
the Department for European-Central Asian Studies of China Institute of
International Studies and the Institute of Euraisan Studies of China
Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
Cooperation issues in countering the COVID-19 pandemic and overcoming its
consequences, prospects for further strengthening China – Uzbekistan
cooperation in new conditions, the main areas of cooperation within the
framework of Belt and Road Initiative were considered at the event.
Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under
the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sanjar Valiyev noted that during
the fight against the epidemiological crisis, Uzbekistan and China showed
their best qualities, being responsible states with effective governance,
able to mobilize all the important resources for the health of their
He emphasized that the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat
Mirziyoyev and President of China Xi Jinping discussed in detail, during the
telephone conversation on May 7 this year, further steps to strengthen a
comprehensive strategic partnership of a multifaceted nature.
Based on the results of these agreements and on the initiatives of the heads
of state, joint work has been intensified to minimize the negative
consequences of the pandemic and to seek new opportunities for mutually
beneficial bilateral cooperation.
First of all, this is an increase in volumes and the achievement of a
balanced mutual trade, strengthening of industrial cooperation and
implementation of innovative projects, creation of favorable conditions for
the growth of freight traffic, promotion of humanitarian programs.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Uzbekistan, Jiang
Yan, emphasized that in a global pandemic, by uniting forces and helping
each other, the two countries served as a model for building a community of
a unified fate for mankind. According to her, Tashkent was among the first
to support China by sending humanitarian aid at the beginning of the
In turn, Beijing from the beginning of the spread of infection in Uzbekistan
has sent to the Uzbek side over 41 tons of humanitarian supplies, shared its
experience in countering COVID-19. All this, as the diplomat noted, became
evidence of the high level interstate relations and the establishment of
strong friendship between the peoples of the two countries.
IEERCAS CASS Director, Sun Zhuangzhi, noted the important role of Uzbekistan
in implementation of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, the high demand
for proposals forwarded by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to develop
cooperation within this format for Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
The Chinese expert focused on such priority areas of cooperation as
development of new investment projects, intensification of construction of
transport corridors through Central Asia, creation of a stable financing
system and strengthening humanitarian cooperation.
In his opinion, through the implementation of Belt and Road projects, the
parties will be able to restore the economic growth in the coming years to
increase the trade turnover, build new chains of industrial cooperation and
diversify cargo transportation routes.
At the same time, Director of the Department for European-Central Asian
Studies of China Institute of International Studies, Li Ziguo, drew
attention to the deterrent effect of the pandemic on the dynamics of
development of Uzbekistan – China relations. According to the expert, due to
restrictive measures, the supply chain of goods has been violated, the
implementation of joint projects has been suspended, the procedure for
export and import has been complicated.
In this regard, he called for flexible joint actions at this stage in
implementation of cooperation in transport and logistics, ensuring food
security, development of medicine and public healthcare, accelerated
digitalization of economic sectors, especially the trade and service
According to the Director and Research Professor of the Institute of
Euraisan Studies of China Institutes of Contemporary International
Relations, Ding Xiaoxing, one must also remember to contain security
threats. Thus, due to the pandemic in Central Asia, the total number of
infected reached 80 thousand people, which complicates the health situation
in the region.
In general, the dialogue platform allowed to analyze the best ways to
eliminate the consequences of COVID-19 by joint efforts. China and
Uzbekistan will pay special attention to the exchange of experience in
implementing effective methods of treating infection, taking anti-epidemic
measures, developing and manufacturing medical equipment, test systems,
drugs and vaccines.