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Xi Jinping Speaks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on the Phone

On September 7, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Xi Jinping congratulated Tajikistan on its upcoming 30th anniversary of independence. Xi Jinping pointed out that China-Tajikistan relations are at an all-time high. The two sides have firmly supported each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns, which demonstrates a high level of strategic mutual trust. The two sides have carried out close cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the solidarity of friendly neighbors, and that the two sides are iron-clad partners who can count on each other. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two sides. The Chinese side is ready to work with Tajikistan to build a community of development with rich connotations and an indestructible community of security to jointly safeguard the shared interests of both countries and promote regional peace and development.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Tajikistan should continue to focus on high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road and promote cooperation in economy and trade, interconnectivity, digital economy and other areas. The Chinese side encourages its companies to invest and develop their businesses in Tajikistan, and stands ready to expand imports of quality green agricultural products from the country. Both sides should give full play to the joint prevention and control mechanism at border crossings to ensure that the China-Tajikistan freight transport artery stays smooth and efficient. China is ready to continue supporting the Tajik side in fighting the pandemic and to deepen medical cooperation between the two countries.

Xi Jinping noted that China speaks highly of the work done by the Tajik side since it assumed the rotating presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), saying that China will fully support Tajikistan in fulfilling the duties of the SCO presidency and ensuring the SCO Summit marking the 20th anniversary of the organization a success. China would like to take the Summit as an opportunity to enhance solidarity and mutual trust among member states, deepen their security and practical cooperation and promote greater development of the SCO from a new starting point.

Rahmon said that Tajikistan and China are comprehensive strategic partners and bilateral relations in various fields have seen continuous and steady growth. Tajikistan appreciates great and friendly China for its long-time selfless and sincere help to Tajikistan, in particular its timely COVID-19 vaccine assistance, which has vigorously supported Tajikistan's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Tajikistan is willing to work together with China to deepen cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, security, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and enrich the Tajikistan-China comprehensive strategic partnership. He thanked China for supporting Tajikistan in fulfilling its responsibilities as the presidency of the SCO, saying that Tajikistan is willing to continue closely coordinating with China in the development of the SCO.

The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, and agreed to continue deepening counter-terrorism and security cooperation and to jointly maintain regional security and stability.

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