Wu Bangguo Meets with President of the Uzbek Senate
On July 22, 2011, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met with visiting President of the Uzbek Senate Ilgizar Sabirov at the Great Hall of the People.
Wu said that in recent years, China-Uzbekistan relations have entered a stage of rapid development with frequent high-level exchanges, deepening political trust and firm support on issues concerning each other's core interests. Both sides have also worked closely in combating the "three evil forces" and safeguarded regional security and stability. In April this year, the two heads of state reached broad consensus on bilateral ties, pragmatic cooperation and international and regional issues of common concern and made overall planning for the development of bilateral ties. As next year marks the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between China and Uzbekistan, bilateral ties are facing new opportunities for development. China is ready to work with Uzbekistan to enhance friendly exchanges, improve the cooperation mechanisms and earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. He also urged both sides to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation on economy, trade, industry and humanities, strengthen communication and coordination in the SCO, the United Nations and other multilateral organizations and push bilateral friendly cooperative partnership to a new level.
The rapid growth of bilateral relations has generated new demands for the two parliaments to foster their ties, said Wu. The two economies are highly complementary to each other and there is huge potential for their pragmatic cooperation. The two legislatures should bring their respective advantages into full play and provide legal guarantee for China-Uzbekistan pragmatic cooperation, especially in large projects with strategic significance. To this end, Wu urged the parliaments of the two nations to take full advantage of their legislative, approval, and oversight functions to establish solid legal foundations for bilateral cooperation. The parliament members of the two nations who come from different walks of life and from different regions should actively offer advice, bridge the exchange and cooperation between both sides and promote bilateral collaboration at local levels, Wu noted.
Sabirov said the two countries stick to the principle of mutual trust and mutual respect and have made substantial progress in friendly cooperation on politics, economy and culture. The exchanges between the two legislatures have contributed to all-round development of bilateral ties. Uzbekistan considers China as a reliable friend and cooperative partner and is committed to deepening the all-round and pragmatic cooperation in many fields. Sabirov hailed the important position the NPC of China has taken in the country's political life. He also spoke positively of the role that the NPC has played in facilitating the establishment and improvement of China's legal system with Chinese socialist characteristics, expressing his hope that the Uzbek Senate could enhance friendly cooperation and exchanges with the NPC of China and learn from the successful experience the NPC has acquired in governing the country and developing democracy and legal system so as to push forward bilateral ties.