Hu ♥ Karimov

by Nathan Hamm on 5/26/2005

Hindustan Times:

“The signing of the treaty demonstrates the two people’s common will and determination to keep traditional friendship. It also lays down a sound political and legal foundation for the long-term development of China-Uzbekistan ties,” Chinese President Hu Jintao told Karimov during their official meeting here at the Great Hall of the People.

“China respects the way that the Uzbek people choose to develop their country and their efforts in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territory integrity,” Hu was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

Hu also promised to help get Uzbekistan into the WTO. Karimov called the treay a “solid foundation for the two countries to develop a new strategic partnership.” I have qualms about training the military of one of China’s strategic partners. I wonder if Karimov means everything that word implies.

From The Scotsman:

President Islam Karimov is “an old friend of the Chinese people,” Chinese President Hu Jintao said during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of China’s legislature.

“For a long time, you’ve made efforts toward friendship with China. For this, we express high praise,” Hu told Karimov yesterday.

In addition to the oil deal mentioned yesterday, China and Uzbekistan have signed a number of other trade deals.

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