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Vice-premier eyes more cooperation with Uzbekistan

Updated: Oct 21,2016 9:24 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) meets with First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 20, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli met with First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov on Oct 20, calling for more cooperation in infrastructure and energy.

Zhang recalled President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Uzbekistan in June and cooperation agreements under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Zhang called on both countries to implement the consensus reached between the heads of state, synergize development strategies and promote cooperation in industry, infrastructure, energy and resources.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (4th L) meets with First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustam Azimov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 20, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

“Both sides should improve the trade and investment climate and make new progress in practical cooperation,” Zhang said.

Thanking China’s unselfish assistance to the national development of Uzbekistan, Azimov said Uzbekistan regarded China as a diplomatic priority and supported the Belt and Road Initiative.

Azimov said Uzbekistan was willing to work with China to develop the bilateral relationship.

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