|Chinese President Hu Jintao (5th L) holds talks with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon (4th R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 5, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
BEIJING, June 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Tajikistan on Tuesday pledged more cooperation as their presidents held talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Hailing the bilateral ties over the past 20 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, President Hu Jintao told Emomali Rahmon, his visiting Tajik counterpart, that China would continue supporting Tajikistan in its development according to its own national conditions and make concerted efforts with the Tajik side to promote neighborly cooperation.
In January, the two countries celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
Meeting Rahmon for the 13th time since 2003, President Hu said the two sides should maintain frequent high-level interactions on regional and international issues of common concern to address common challenges and consolidate their political foundation for cooperation.
Hu stated that the two sides should boost their pragmatic cooperation in areas including energy resources, inter-connectivity of infrastructure and agriculture.
The nations' law-enforcement and security agencies should maintain close communication, and China would support Tajikistan's work to host an upcoming joint anti-terrorism military exercise, Hu said.
Armed forces from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will take part in the "Peace Mission 2012" drill in Tajikistan from June 8 to 14.
China and Tajikistan should also boost their cooperation on education, science and technology, culture and sports and enhance exchanges between media, entrepreneurs and youths of the two nations.
Rahmon thanked the Chinese side for assisting Tajikistan in economic and social development and reiterated the country's firm adherence to the one-China policy.
Rahmon said facts had proved that Tajikistan and China were reliable friends.
The Tajik people were happy for China's great achievements through reform and opening up, Rahmon said, adding that Tajikistan regarded it as a priority to promote friendship and cooperation with China.
The Tajik side was willing to enhance high-level interactions, expand pragmatic cooperation, promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges with China, Rahmon said.
He continued that his country was ready to join hands with the Chinese side to fight the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism and combat drug trafficking and other cross-border organized crimes, with a view to peace, tranquility and development in the region.
After their talks, the two presidents signed a joint declaration and witnessed the signing of a series of bilateral agreements.
Rahmon arrived in China's southeast coastal city of Xiamen on June 1, before participating in the 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday.