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Karimov Makes Short Work Of Chinese Leader

  • Bruce Pannier

Uzbek President Islam Karimov (left) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (file photo)

Uzbek President Islam Karimov (left) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (file photo)

How does the Uzbek president measure up to China's leader?

The answer to that question depends on whose media one consults.

Below are pictures from the July 10 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Ufa, Russia.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is 180 centimeters tall. Standing to Xi's left is Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who is 170 centimeters tall.

Below are photographs from Uzbekistan's national news agency Uza.uz and Russia's RIA Novosti news agency (in both pictures, Karimov is standing on the far right, directly beside Xi):

Uza.uz Image

RIA Novosti Image:

Based on information from RFE/RL's Uzbek Service

About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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