Uzbekistan and China: 25 years of diplomatic relations

Узбекистан и Китай: 25-лет дипломатическим отношениям

On 5 January 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the People's Republic of China held a reception in Beijing to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and China.

On 5 January 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the People's Republic of China held a reception in Beijing to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and China.

The event was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister of China Li Huilai, and representatives of ministries and agencies, business and public communities, and the media, as well as the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in China. A delegation of the SCO Secretariat was headed by Deputy Secretary-General Sabyr Imandosov.

In his speech, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to China Daniyar Kurbanov said that on 2 January 1992, Uzbekistan became the first country in Central Asia to establish diplomatic relations with China. In this short period, Uzbekistan and China achieved impressive success in developing political dialogue and practical cooperation in key areas. The Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 2013 during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Uzbekistan strengthened the juridical basis of strategic partnership. First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov's state visit to China in 2014 gave a new impetus to the development of relations and practical cooperation. The successful state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Uzbekistan in 2016 boosted bilateral relations to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership.

The fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and China in preparing for and holding the SCO Summit in June 2016 in Tashkent is evidence of the high-level ties between the two countries in the international arena.

Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai noted that cooperation between China and Uzbekistan has entered a golden period of rapid development. With the close attention of China's and Uzbekistan's leaders and the active participation and support of experts from all sectors, bilateral relations will definitely see new major breakthroughs. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 25 years ago, relations between China and Uzbekistan have passed the test of time and changes in the international situation, ensuring healthy and sustainable development. The heads of the two countries made frequent high-level visits, deepened political mutual trust and continuously expanded cooperation in various fields. Since 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping and First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov exchanged visits and participated in multiple events. The sides signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and established comprehensive strategic partnership, thus opening broad prospects for the development of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The People's Republic of China recognised the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 27 December 1991. Diplomatic relations were established on 2 January 1992.