Chinese State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for advanced planning and deployment for Post-epidemic Era Cooperation between China and Uzbekistan.

Meeting with his Uzbek Counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi Abdulaziz Kamilov on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers in Moscow – Russia, Wang said that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev have built a deep friendship and mutual trust, providing a solid political guarantee for the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and injected strong impetus into the all-round cooperation of the two sides.

Wang called on the two sides to plan in advance for enhancing bilateral ties and boosting cooperation in the post-pandemic era.

Wang said that China and Uzbekistan have implemented effective cooperation since the COVID-19 outbreak, noting that China is willing to continue anti-COVID-19 assistance to Uzbekistan based on its needs, in particular in constructing the Chinese-Uzbek centre for traditional medicine in efforts to help maintain the health of the people in Uzbekistan.

Wang called on the two sides to deepen Belt & Road Cooperation, carry out active discussion on the construction of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway with an open spirit and scientific attitude, and strengthen communication and coordination on regional hotspot issues including Afghanistan.

Kamilov said China was the first country to assist Uzbekistan in battling the pandemic.

He said Uzbekistan is committed to deepening the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, enhancing communication at various levels, promoting Belt & Road Cooperation, and implementing the exchange of experience in poverty alleviation.

He said Uzbekistan is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with China on international and regional issues.