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Joint Communiqué Between The Government of the People's Republic of China And The Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan

At the invitation of Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China paid an official visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan on 3 November 2007.

During his visit, Premier Wen Jiabao met with President Islam Karimov of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman Ilgizar Sabirov of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, and Speaker Erkin Khalilov of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis. He had talks with Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev. The leaders of the two countries had an in-depth exchange of views and reached extensive agreement on China-Uzbekistan relations and regional and international issues of common interest in a friendly atmosphere of mutual understanding.

The Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter referred to as "the two sides") reached the following agreement:

1. The two sides reviewed the development of the bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan 15 years ago, and applauded the achievements made in all cooperation fields. The two sides agree that the Treaty on Friendly and Cooperative Partnership Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Uzbekistan signed on 25 May 2005 is of great significance, marking a new level of development in China-Uzbekistan relations. The two sides will abide by the guidelines and principles set in the Treaty, strengthen exchange of high-level visits and contacts at all levels, expand ties between government departments, deepen practical cooperation in political, economic, cultural and security fields, and achieve continuous progress in China-Uzbekistan relations.

2. The two sides resolved to support each other's policies and actions on major issues of safeguarding state independence, sovereignty and security. The Uzbek side reiterated its firm commitment to the one China policy and recognition of the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government representing the whole China and Taiwan as an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The Uzbek side is opposed to any form of "Taiwan independence", including "de jure Taiwan independence", or any attempt to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan". It is opposed to Taiwan's membership in any international or regional organization where statehood is required. The Uzbek side reaffirms that it will not enter into any form of official relations or have any official exchanges with Taiwan. It supports all efforts made by the Chinese Government to realize national reunification. The Chinese side highly appreciates this position of the Uzbek side.

The Chinese side reiterated its support for the efforts made by the Republic of Uzbekistan and its leaders to safeguard state independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity, maintain internal stability and develop national economy. The Chinese side is against any interference into Uzbekistan's internal affairs under the pretext of "human rights".

3. The two sides stated that they would respect each other's development path chosen according to the respective national conditions. Neither side shall allow any third country to use its territory to engage in activities that would jeopardize the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the other party. Neither side shall allow the establishment or existence of any organization or entity in its territory that is aimed at jeopardizing the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the other party.

The two sides will continue to work with other countries in Central Asia to maintain security and stability in this region and promote common development and prosperity.

4. The two sides pointed out that terrorism, separatism and extremism remain the major threats to security and stability in this region. To fight against "East Turkistan", "Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan", "Hizb-ut-Tahrir" and other extremist or terrorist forces is an important component of the international counter-terrorism campaign. The two sides will strengthen the coordination and cooperation between relevant departments in accordance with the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism and Cooperation Agreement on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The two sides will continue to take effective measures within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to jointly fight against terrorism, separatism and extremism and safeguard peace and stability of the two countries and this region.

5. The two sides applauded the achievements in business cooperation and trade between China and Uzbekistan in recent years and believed that the priority should be given to maintaining the continuous growth of the bilateral trade and promoting cooperation in the economic and technological projects. To this end, the two sides agreed to take effective measures to tap the potential for cooperation and give full play to the role of the China-Uzbekistan Mixed Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The two sides will expand the cooperation in traditional cooperation fields such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, chemical and mining industries and infrastructure development on the basis of equality and mutual benefit and constantly explore new fields for cooperation. The two sides will improve trade and investment environment to create more favorable conditions for enterprises of the two countries to conduct business operation, economic cooperation and trade.

6. The two sides agreed that it is of great importance to the growth of the overall practical cooperation between the two countries to further expand transportation cooperation. The two sides agreed to repair and open the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan transnational road at an early date, actively promote the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project and provide mutual facilitation in air transportation.

7. The two sides believed that cooperation in the field of energy and mineral resources is an important part of the overall bilateral cooperation and trade. The Uzbek side supports Chinese enterprises in conducting exploration and development of energy and mineral resources in Uzbekistan. The two sides will provide facilitation and support to relevant departments and enterprises in the above-mentioned cooperation projects.

8. The two sides will continue to enhance cooperation in education, science and technology, culture, public health, sports and tourism, actively promote the exchanges between youth organizations and women organizations, and encourage the expansion of cooperation and exchanges between universities and research institutes of the two countries, as well as people-to-people exchanges and contacts at local levels, in order to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples. The Chinese side agreed to grant Uzbekistan approved destination status for Chinese tourists and relevant departments of the two countries will have consultations on implementation plans of Chinese group tours to Uzbekistan.

9. To further strengthen the partnership between China and Uzbekistan and expand and deepen the comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev of the Republic of Uzbekistan have instructed relevant government departments to formulate the Draft Five Year Action Program of the Treaty on Friendly and Cooperative Partnership Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

10. The two sides pointed out that the SCO has enjoyed a good momentum of development and become an effective mechanism in safeguarding the common interests and promoting common development of its member states. It has played an important and constructive role in regional and international affairs. The two sides emphasized that the Treaty Among the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Long-term Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation signed during the SCO summit in Bishkek in August 2007 laid a solid legal foundation for the long-term mutually beneficial cooperation among the member states and was a milestone in the development of the SCO. The two sides resolved to work together with other SCO member states to implement the Treaty in good faith and continue to deepen cooperation in security, economic and cultural fields within the SCO framework.

11. Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China expressed appreciation to the Uzbek leaders and government for their warm hospitality and extended an invitation to Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev of the Republic of Uzbekistan to visit China at a time convenient to both sides. The specific date will be determined through diplomatic channels.

Tashkent, 3 November 2007

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