Uzbek president writes foreword for Uzbek version of 'Xi Jinping: The Governance of China'

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The Uzbek version of "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" has been jointly published by China's Foreign Languages Press and the Press of Uzbekistan. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, now attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, wrote a foreword for the book.

The book cover of  the Uzbek version of "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China." [Photo/]

The full text of the president's foreword reads as follows:

Friendly cooperation between Uzbekistan and China can be traced back to the era of the ancient Silk Road which connected the East to the West. Over the centuries, the two peoples have conducted effective exchanges in the fields of trade, science, and culture. We learn from each other and value each other's cultures, customs, and traditions; many historical events bear witness to this.

The People's Republic of China is an intimate and trustworthy partner of Uzbekistan. Upholding the concept of mutual understanding and respect, and valuing their traditional friendship, the two countries have worked to further their comprehensive and mutually beneficial partnership.

The documents signed by the two countries on friendly cooperation have laid a solid legal foundation for this relationship. It was a noteworthy occasion when His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, signed a joint declaration during his state visit to Uzbekistan in June 2016, upgrading the Uzbekistan-China relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Our people are very well aware what a great honor and also a great responsibility it is to become a strategic partner of China, an influential country with a population of 1.3 billion.

There is no doubt that the initiative and the efforts of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping have played a significant role in the evolution of the bilateral relationship. Over the 26 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have carried out long-term and effective cooperation, and established a mechanism of regular mutual visits at state and governmental levels.

China has always supported our strategic plans for economic reform and modernization. It has also invested in our industry, energy, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture and other business sectors. We speak highly of projects involving investment from China.

His Excellency Xi Jinping is universally acknowledged as a politician of renown, with a global reach. China's domestic and foreign policies – always designed after careful consideration and deliberation – attract attention and interest throughout the world, as well as in Uzbekistan.

"Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" is significant in that it provides valuable insights into China's policies, and into the thinking behind the comprehensive reform under way in China.

The book includes speeches, talks, lectures and interviews by His Excellency Xi Jinping. What will impress its readers is the comprehensive perspective it provides of China's future prospects, of the goal of realizing the Chinese Dream, and of the path that will lead to great achievements.

I have read this book with great interest, a book that contains the profound political thoughts of this influential leader of a major country, and his analysis of the complexities of the current trends in globalization. I am very honored to introduce this book to our Uzbek readers.

Today's China has astonished the international community with its rapid yet stable development. Over a very short period it has grown into a locomotive of the world economy. Therefore, our people and our readers should consider themselves fortunate in having the opportunity to read President Xi's book in our native language.

In this era of globalization, his book is a source of ideas and a pragmatic guide in the areas of governance, society, sustainable development, market economy, and safeguarding people's interests, for our leadership, for experts, for people working in the field of mass media, and for teachers and students from institutes of higher learning – especially those from the Academy of State Governance under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

I am certain that the book will be of great benefit to the time-honored friendship, cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges between Uzbekistan and China.

Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev,
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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