Top Chinese diplomat arrives in Dushanbe on an official visit

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The state-run news agency Khovar reports that at the Dushanbe airport, top Chinese diplomat was met by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Farhod Salim.

While in Dushanbe, Mr. Wang is scheduled to hold talks with President Emomali Rahmon and Majlisi Milli (Tajikistan’s upper chamber of parliament) Speaker Rustam Emomali, who is also Dushanbe Mayor.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister will also hold talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, according to Khovar.

Before visiting Tajikistan, Chinese foreign minister visited Uzbekistan on July 28-29 and Kyrgyzstan on July 30.

In Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on July 28 and attended a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 29.

Xinhua says that during his stay in Uzbekistan, Wang also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting foreign minister of the Afghan interim government, and participated in Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's collective meeting.

In Kyrgyzstan, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on July 30 held talks with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Jeenbek Kulubayev at the Cholpon Ata resort town to discuss further strengthening relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, speaking at a regular press conference in Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on July 26 that Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are all friendly neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners of China.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the three countries, the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SCO Charter and the 15th anniversary of the Treaty on Long-term Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation among SCO member states,” Zhao noted.

“Currently, the situation in Central Asia is facing new challenges due to various internal and external factors. Regional countries share the hope to deepen cooperation with China, jointly pursue development and promote security, and look forward to more SCO contributions and commitments,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. “Against such a backdrop, State Councilor and Foreign Minister’s upcoming visit will carry forward the traditional friendship between China and Central Asian countries, deepen high-quality Belt and Road cooperation between our two sides, and build an even closer China-Central Asia community with a shared future.”

The Republic of Tajikistan and the People's Republic of China have friendly relations characterized by bilateral and multilateral collaboration.

The two countries established formal relations on January 4, 1992, shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As the leader of Tajikistan, now-President Emomali Rahmon first visited Beijing in March 1993.

Tajikistan and China are active members of regional and international organizations and as a result, they closely cooperate within the frameworks of these organizations, particularly within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Because it has a border with China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR), Tajikistan's political stability is very important to China. China firmly supports Tajikistan's efforts to preserve its national security and stability, and it also helps Tajikistan develop its economy.

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Dushanbe has been functioning since March 13, 1992 and the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in Beijing was established on April 7, 1997.

The legal foundation of the relationship between the two countries includes more than 200 interstate and intergovernmental agreements.

Source: Asia-Plus