published: 2017-05-12 14:54:12
Chinese President Xi Jinping held meetings on Friday with the leaders of Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Poland and Ethiopia, all of whom are in Beijing to attend the upcoming Belt and Road Forum. During talks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Xi said the two countries should prepare for further cooperation to ensure long-term trade development. In his meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat, Xi emphasized the possibility of a regional free-trade zone. Xi discussed cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. And in talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Xi suggested upgrading bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership to improve economic and trade activities.