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Uzbekistan Set to Garner Chinese Largesse

Xi, Mirziyoyev also find common ground on the fight against the Three Evil Forces.

18 May 2017

Uzbekistan’s increased international presence since the death of its autocratic leader Islam Karimov is reaping rewards. The most impressive result is the $23 billion worth of economic agreements with China that President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (pictured) flaunted after his recent trip to Beijing.

 

The agreements cover a range of sectors from energy to chemicals, transport, and communications, Uzbek media have reported, according to EurasiaNet.org.

 

In the energy sector, ten deals worth a total of $5 billion were signed, the chairman of the state oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz, Alisher Sultanov, told one news outlet.

 

Mirziyoyev arrived in Beijing on 11 May and stayed on for the summit where Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out plans for the hugely ambitious Belt and Road project to boost China’s physical and economic links with Eurasia and beyond.

 

Uzbek media reported that bilateral trade turnover with China should reach $5 billion this year and soon rise to $10 billion.

 

 

 

  • The Uzbek leader effusively praised China as a promoter of world peace, and expressed support for China’s efforts to combat the "Three Evil Forces" of separatism, extremism, and terrorism.

 

  • UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged Uzbekistan not to go overboard in its own fight against Islamist radicalism. During his trip to the country last week, Hussein said individual rights had to be protected as the country steps up efforts against religious extremism, U.S. News wrote.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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