Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit
The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut guide to his emerging foreign policy priorities, so his visit to China now is offering yet more clues about where he sees the country heading.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev will be in China for a full five days, spending May 11-13 on a state visit and the remaining time attending an international conference in Beijing devoted to the Chinese-led One Belt One Road infrastructure and trade initiative.
Mirziyoyev’s program will take in meetings with representatives from leading Chinese companies. Uzbekistan is particularly eager to pique the interest of potential investors in the high-tech sector.
Presidential press spokesman Asad Hodjayev told reporter on May 10 that “during the three-day visit, Shavkat Mirziyoyev plans to sign around 100 deals worth a total of $20 billion.”
Bilateral trade turnover in 2016 hit $4.2 billion. Uzbek officials say that “in the past few years” China has invested $7.8 billion in the Uzbek economic, although they give no firmer timeframe.
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