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Moreover, at the end of May(2005) the Chinese clearly implied that in the event of a repeat in the destabilization in Central Asia, their armies could appear there. The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China voiced the statement. In the modern history of this state, it still had never sent the army to other countries. In Central Asia the Chinese armies appeared for the last time at the beginning of XIX century.

The change in the Uzbekistan's foreign policy guide lines in 2005 was brightly shown by the recent replacement of the Head of the Defense Ministry of the republic. Since September 2000, Kadyr Gulyamov had occupied this post. One and a half months after his assignment, he left for the USA on a first official visit as a Minister. In Washington, Gulyamov signed an agreement on further cooperation in the military and military-industrial areas. This document underlined the allied agreement signed between the two countries in the spring of 2002. The peak of the military cooperation of Uzbekistan with the USA came during the period of his work at this post.

However, owing to the worsening of mutual relations in the spring - summer of 2005, the American military left the territory of the republic. This took place on November 21, just one week prior to the new head of Defense Department, the Chinese native, Ruslan Mirzayev, taking over the office. In two weeks, his first foreign trip as a Minister started, when he left for... his native country!


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