Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Sept. 15, 2022. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — China and Tajikistan should continue to support each other and achieve more concrete results in bilateral ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a meeting with his Tajik counterpart. , Emomali Rahmon, here Thursday morning.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 30 years ago, Sino-Tajik relations have grown rapidly, Xi said.
China firmly supports Tajikistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and security, Xi said, adding that China is always a neighbor, friend and partner that Tajikistan can rely on and he could count on.
As international and regional situations undergo profound and complex transformation, China and Tajikistan should continue to support each other and achieve more concrete results in bilateral relations, Xi said.
Xi stressed China’s willingness to strengthen practical cooperation with Tajikistan, increase the import of quality Tajik agricultural products, raise the scale and level of bilateral trade, advance cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, water management and transport, to discuss cooperation in green technologies, digital economy and artificial intelligence and to help Tajikistan promote cross-border transport capacity.
China stands ready to work with Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries to strengthen the China + Central Asia (C+C5) meeting mechanism and other cooperation, deepen counter-terrorism cooperation and jointly safeguard peace. and tranquility in this region, Xi said.
For his part, Rahmon noted that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and China, adding that over the past three decades, bilateral relations have made significant progress.
He reiterated that Tajikistan unswervingly upholds the one-China principle, firmly maintains that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and will continue to firmly support China’s position on issues concerning its core interests.
Noting that China is not only a good friend but also an important strategic partner of Tajikistan, Rahmon said Tajikistan is ready to develop closer high-level interactions with China, learn from China’s development experience, to promote practical cooperation with China in areas such as economy. and trade, agriculture, transport, productive capacity and green economy, and take Tajikistan-China relations to a new level.
He said that Tajikistan is ready to strengthen coordination with China within the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the framework C+C5 to deepen security cooperation and jointly safeguard regional security and stability. .
Rahmon wished the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) every success.
The two presidents also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan.
The two sides signed cooperation documents in the fields of digital economy, green development, transportation and others.
Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee; Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee; State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi; He Lifeng, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and head of the National Development and Reform Commission, and other officials attended the meeting. ■
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Sept. 15, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)