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Tajik President Emomali Rahmon Meets with Wang Yi

On July 13, 2021 local time, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dushanbe.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm greetings to Emomali Rahmon. Wang Yi said, under the guidance and promotion of the two heads of state, China-Tajikistan relations are at a historic high level. China regards Tajikistan as a trustworthy brother and reliable partner. As the international situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, the two sides should firmly support each other in safeguarding the core interests and guard against interference and sabotage by external forces. Tajikistan's firm support on issues concerning China's core interests is also a defense of international fairness, justice and basic norms governing international relations. China will, as always, firmly support all domestic and foreign policies of Tajikistan and its efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and security. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Tajikistan, which presents new opportunities for the development of bilateral relations. China is ready to work with Tajikistan to consolidate political mutual trust, deepen cooperation in various fields, build a high-quality and in-depth China-Tajikistan community of development and an unbreakable security community, safeguard the common interests of the two countries and contribute to regional peace and development.

Wang Yi said, China will continue to firmly support and help Tajikistan in its fight against the pandemic and deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, especially the Belt and Road cooperation. The two sides should consider the post-pandemic era, speed up the alignment of development strategies of both countries, expand cooperation in emerging areas such as high technology, high-end manufacturing and digital economy, and implement some new large-scale projects with demonstration effect. As the situation in Afghanistan is rapidly changing, China and Tajikistan should carry out more substantive security cooperation, jointly withstand risks and challenges and guard against external interference. China appreciates the tremendous work that Tajikistan has done to promote the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) during its rotating presidency and supports Tajikistan in hosting a successful summit on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the SCO.

Emomali Rahmon asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to President Xi Jinping and warmly congratulated him on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), expressing confidence that under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people will surely make new and greater achievements. Tajikistan and China are comprehensive strategic partners and close neighbors. Both sides have continued to advance high-level cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields and achieved fruitful results in security cooperation. Tajikistan is willing to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with China in all fields and all forms. The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for all mankind. China has been the most successful country in fighting the pandemic and has made a major contribution to world public health and the global fight against the pandemic. He appreciated China's strong support in its fight against the pandemic and said Tajikistan hopes to further strengthen cooperation with China in the field of vaccines and others. Tajikistan is willing to further strengthen cooperation with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, especially cooperation on agriculture, connectivity and major projects, jointly combat the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, transnational organized crime and cybercrime, and deepen bilateral strategic partnership in the security field. He appreciated China's support for Tajikistan's work as the rotating chair of the SCO and said Tajikistan is willing to work with China to promote the development of the SCO, cooperate closely on the Afghan issue and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.

On the same day, Wang Yi also held talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, attended the signing ceremony of relevant bilateral cooperation documents and jointly met the press.

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