President Hu Jintao's Special Envoy Chen Zhili Meets with Tajik President Rakhmon
On January 12, 2012, Chen Zhili, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao and vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), met with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon in Dushanbe.
Chen first conveyed President Hu's warm greetings and good wishes to Rakhmon. The establishment of diplomatic ties opened up a new chapter in the history of friendly exchanges. Chen said that, thanks to the joint efforts of the two sides, remarkable achievements in the development of bilateral ties between China and Tajikistan had been made in the past two decades. The two countries had carried out a series of major cooperation projects improving people's livelihood in such fields as the economy and trade, transportation and electricity, based on the principle of mutual benefit, she said. Chen said the two sides had also maintained close coordination within the multilateral frameworks of the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and made their contribution to regional stability and world peace. Currently, bilateral relations are at a new historical starting point and facing new development opportunities. China is ready to join hands with Tajikistan and seize the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties to enhance China-Tajikistan political mutual trust, tap their cooperation potential, lift the level of bilateral cooperation and take bilateral ties into ever new stages, Chen said.
Rakhmon extended welcome to Chen for her visit and asked her to convey his high esteem and good wishes to President Hu Jintao. He said Tajikistan had been committed to developing a new type of friendly relations with China since the two countries established diplomatic ties 20 years ago. Both countries have successfully resolved the border issue and signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between Tajikistan and China. Bilateral cooperation in such fields as politics, the economy and trade, culture and education between the two countries had been fruitful, Rakhmon said. The Tajik side adheres to the one-China policy and opposes separatism in any form, he said. The two countries have also coordinated their efforts in the fight against the "three evil forces" of separatism, extremism and terrorism as well as transnational organized crime, he said, adding their multilateral cooperation had promising prospects. Rakhmon also expressed gratitude to China for its long-term help and strong support to Tajikistan. The Tajik side is satisfied with the close cooperation between the two countries and is full of confidence in greater development of bilateral ties based on the existing constructive cooperation.
They also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.
Chinese Ambassador to Tajikistan Fan Xianrong and Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng attended the meeting.