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Uzbek ties have solid structure for future success

Updated: 2022-04-06 09:14 ( Xinhua )
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Uzbekistan-China ties have remained strong since the two countries established diplomatic relations three decades ago, an expert says.

Ulugbek Azizov, rector of the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, made the remarks as the five Central Asian countries, including Uzbekistan, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with China this year, which is a "landmark event and has a key importance in the history of the countries in this region".

Speaking on Uzbekistan-China relations, Azizov says that thanks to joint efforts, the two countries have managed to lay a solid foundation for practical cooperation and have upgraded ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Along with a significant contribution to the socioeconomic development of Uzbekistan, he says that China has also provided crucial assistance in developing science, education and personnel training, including for Chinese language studies.

In recent years, the number of Uzbeks studying the Chinese language has grown tenfold, says the expert, noting that, in the early 1990s, only a few hundred people were learning Chinese. Today, there are thousands, he says.

Most learners are in private schools and centers, Confucius Institutes in Tashkent and Samarkand, and departments and faculties of Chinese philology at the country's higher educational institutions, among which the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages occupies a special place.

The rector says that the interest in studying Chinese by students of the university is growing from year to year.

"Chinese has been studied at the university as the main and second foreign language since 2010," he says. "Our students regularly participate in the international competition 'Chinese Language Bridge', which annually gathers Chinese speakers from around the country.

"Uzbekistan and China have a common goal and have great prospects for interaction. In cooperation with our Chinese colleagues, we will make our contribution to the further development of friendship between our peoples and states," Azizov says.

The expert also discussed relations between China and the five Central Asian countries at large, saying that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative will contribute to further integrating these countries into the world community.

According to Azizov, during the past three decades, the region's countries have achieved unprecedented economic and social success, in large part due to beneficial cooperation with China.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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