MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Xi and Rahmon arrived in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to participate in the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
"Trade between the states reached over $200 million in the first three months of 2016. Besides that, [the sides] expressed confidence that joint efforts could increase this amount to $3 billion by 2020," the statement reads.
The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance that includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan are expected to sign preliminary SCO membership memorandums at the Tashkent summit, which is due to last through Friday, and become full-fledged members at the 2017 SCO summit in Kazakhstan.