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China, Tajikistan Sign Joint Statement

Xinhuanet 2002-05-17 23:33:41
   BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin and
Tajikistan President Emomali Sharipovich Rakhmonov signed a joint
statement here Friday following  their official talks.
   The statement says the two sides exchanged views on bilateral
relations, regional situation and issues of common concern, and
reached broad consensus.
   The two sides also signed an supplementary agreement on the
border issues between China and Tajikistan and other documents
concerning bilateral cooperation.
  A joint statement issued at the end of their meetings says that
China and Tajidistan have scored positive outcome in resolving
border issues left over in history.
  China and Tajikistan both highly appreciate the agreement
reached on border issues saying this signifies the comprehensive
resolution of border issues between the two countries left over in
history, which provides still wider prospects for the expansion of
bilateral ties in the new century.
   The two sides stress the importance of carrying out mutually-
beneficial economic and trade cooperation.
   In the joint statement, Tajikistan reiterates its adherence to
One-China policy and support to China's cause of reunification,
opposition to any attempts aimed to create "two Chinas" or "One
China, one Taiwan" and to "Taiwan Independence, and refusal to
have any official ties or official contacts with Taiwan.       
   China supports the efforts made by Tajikistan and its leaders
to safeguard the independence and sovereignty, maintain the
country's stability, and tackle the social and economic problems
cropping up during their post-war reconstruction.
   Both sides stand for abiding by the principles governing
international relations, such as the respect of the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of each nation,  mutual non-interference
in each other's internal affairs, and the resolution of
differences and disputes through friendly consultations.
   They also agree to support the United Nations to give scope to
its leading role in resolving international and regional issues.
   In addition, they agree to help establish an effective
mechanism within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to
deal with all challenges, and to make concerted efforts for the
early passage of the SCO charter and the founding of the SCO anti-
terrorism agency at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
   The two sides decide to expand cooperation in the fight against
terrorism, separatism and extremism, which pose the main threat to
the regional security and stability.
   The two sides note that there should not be duel standards in
   The statement also says both sides voice their support to the
moves taken by the Afghan interim government in maintaining
domestic peace and stability and hope that Afghan Loya Jirgah, or
the National Council, will operate smoothly and a broad-based
transitional government representing the interests of all ethnic
groups will be elected.
   Tajikistan President Rakhmonov invited President Jiang Zemin to
pay an official, goodwill visit to his country and the Chinese
president gladly accepted the invitation. Enditem
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