YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese
President Hu Jintao and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon agreed here on Monday to
make joint efforts to expand cooperation between their nations.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes
hands with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on
June 15, 2009.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin) Photo
At their meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Ural mountain city of
Yekaterinburg, Hu said China and Tajikistan have maintained close high-level
exchanges, expanded their pragmatic cooperation and smoothly implemented
large-scale economic, trade and transport joint projects.
The two countries have always trusted and supported
each other on such major issues as sovereignty, security and territorial
integrity, Hu said.
He said China stands ready to work with Tajikistan to
implement the consensus and agreements reached between the two countries, boost
bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields, jointly meet the challenges
brought about by the financial crisis, push for regional economic recovery and
strengthen coordination in regional and international affairs.
China is also willing to cooperate with Tajikistan in
mining, agriculture and other large-scale joint projects, he said.
China is ready to help Tajikistan build an
agricultural technology center that is designed to increase food output and
promote personnel training, and China hopes the two sides make efforts to
improve the investment environment and protect the legitimate interests of
enterprises and citizens, Hu said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R)
talks with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon (3rd L), in Yekaterinburg,
Russia, on June 15, 2009.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
The Chinese president also hoped for a strengthening
of security cooperation in a bilateral framework and within the SCO to safeguard
peace and stability in both countries and in the region.
Rakhmon said the two countries have seen their
bilateral cooperation enriched and personnel exchanges increased. Economic and
trade cooperation has developed steadily, with trade volume rising continuously
and the Chinese aid projects underway.
Tajikistan appreciates China's support and aid and is
ready to enhance the mutually beneficial cooperation in agriculture, mining,
finance and in other areas, he said.
At the meeting, Rakhmon reiterated Tajikistan's
adherence to the one-China policy.
Hu arrived here on Sunday for the annual SCO summit,
which will discuss how to tackle the international financial crisis and expand
cooperation in political, economic, security and other areas among its member
Founded in 2001, the SCO consists of Kazakhstan,
China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, India, Pakistan
and Iran are observers.
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