Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Liu Chang commented on the results of the Trilateral Summit of the leaders of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, held on August 4 in Ashgabat:
– In recent years, the Central Asian countries have been actively working together to ensure regional security and growth. The trilateral summit between the leaders of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Ashgabat is a prime example of this.
In this context, the role played by Uzbekistan, which initiated the Consultative Meetings of the Heads of State of Central Asia, should be highlighted. Subsequently, we have seen the further development of regional ties.
Uzbekistan, headed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is actively boosting mutual trade, creating joint industrial projects, and addressing water and energy issues and transport. Today, Tashkent is actively promoting regional cooperation processes and inter-regional multifaceted links.
At the trilateral summit in Ashgabat, the President of Uzbekistan put forward ideas for the development of collaboration in the most important areas. These include the introduction of advanced water-saving technologies and the joint implementation of hydro and thermal energy projects. Special attention is being paid to consolidating efforts to build an integrated transport infrastructure.
The initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to develop the transport corridor Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran, as well as the full utilization of the immense potential of the Trans-Caspian route, deserves special attention. Implementing these initiatives is undoubtedly intended to increase Central Asia’s strategic appeal as a transport and transit hub of international corridors along the East-West and North-South lines.