On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Uzbek counterpart, Islam Karimov, inaugurated a railway tunnel in Uzbekstan. The tunnel is a major project of the Belt and Road Initiative. The two leaders watched the opening of the 19 kilometer-long tunnel via video link. President Xi said land transport connectivity is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative and a key area in China-Uzbekistan cooperation. Karimov said the project greatly benefits the Uzbek people and expressed gratitude for China’s assistance.
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