There are trams and state-run buses that run through the city. There are also many taxis, registered and unregistered. Uzbekistan has factories that produce modern cars. Automotive production is supported by the government and the Korean car group Daewoo. In May 2007, the car manufacturer UzDaewooAuto signed a strategic agreement with General Motors-Daewoo Auto and Technology (GMDAT, see also GM Uzbekistan).  The government has purchased a stake in the Turkish koc of SamKochAvto, a manufacturer of minibuses and trucks. It then signed an agreement with Isuzu Motors of Japan for the production of Isuzu buses and trucks.  In June 2004, President Xi Jinping (UZ) paid a state visit to Uzbekistan. During the visit, Zhou Ji, the Minister of China`s Ministry of Education, and the Minister of the UZ Ministry of Education each represented two countries to sign an agreement on the construction of the Confucius Institute in Tashkent. The Confucius Institute in Tashkent is the first Confucius Institute in Central Asia and also the first Confucius Institute to be founded abroad. It is located in the city centre with comfortable transport and a beautiful environment. In June 2016, the Institute was transferred from the National Oriental College in Tashkent to the new address, which improved its teaching environment. Currently it has 1 multimedia pronunciation classroom, 7 classrooms, 2 administrative offices, 1 library and room reference materials, 1 conference room also served as an activity center.
The library now has more than 7,000 books on Chinese history, politics, economy, culture and tourism, about 300 Chinese texts and a series of video media. In addition, the library is equipped with modern video equipment to support the dissemination of culture, Chinese competition and seminary. Timur initiated transoxiana`s last flowering by bringing together many craftsmen and scholars from the vast countries he had conquered in his capital, Samarqand. By supporting such people, he penetrated his kingdom with a rich personal-Islamic culture. During his reign and the reign of his immediate descendants, in Samarqand and other population centers, a wide range of religious builders and palaces was carried out.  Amir Timur launched an exchange of medical discoveries and placed under the tutelage of doctors, scientists and artists from neighbouring regions such as India; His grandson Ulugh Beg was one of the world`s first great astronomers. During the Timurid Dynasty, Turkish in the form of the Chaghatai dialect in Transoxiana became a literary language in its own right, although timurids were Persian in nature. Khaghataid`s greatest writer, Ali-Shir Nava`i, was active in the second half of the 15th century in the city of Herat (now in northwestern Afghanistan).  Much of the old city of Tashkent was destroyed by a powerful earthquake on April 26, 1966.