Presidents Xi and Karimov bless opening of 19km Qamchiq rail tunnel

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Islam Karimov this week used a video link to watch the  official opening of  the Qamchiq railway tunnel, a key link in the Angre-Pap line connecting the Uzbek capital of Tashkent with Namangan. The tunnel, which runs through the Qurama mountain range, was constructed by the China Railway Tunnel Group  and is the longest of its kind in Central Asia.
“It is a major achievement of the Belt and Road Initiative that China and Uzbekistan are jointly promoting, and also a new link of friendship and cooperation connecting the peoples of both countries,” Xi said during his visit to Tashkent.
“China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Uzbekistan to constantly improve the connectivity of the infrastructure in the region, thereby creating a more favourable environment for the development of our two countries and bringing greater benefits to both peoples,” he said.