On the evening of March 1, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since last year, the Chinese and Tajik people, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and major changes unseen in a century, have stuck together through thick and thin, joined hands in unity and coordination, and achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields, especially in battling the pandemic. The two sides have supported each other on issues involving each other's core interests, which fully reflects the high level of the China-Tajikistan comprehensive strategic partnership. China firmly supports Tajikistan in safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and stability, and is willing to strengthen the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Tajikistan's National Development Strategy for the Period up to 2030, so as to promote the continuous development of China-Tajikistan relations.
Xi Jinping stressed that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. China will push forward reform and opening-up from a higher starting point, bringing new opportunities for the comprehensive China-Tajikistan cooperation. The two sides need to push forward bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, agriculture, interconnection and digital economy in an integrated manner, and to give priority to the construction of key BRI projects. China is ready to import more quality agricultural products from Tajikistan that meet market demands, and is also willing to provide assistance of COVID-19 vaccines to Tajikistan to promote the building of a global community of health for all.
Xi Jinping pointed that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). China will give full support to Tajikistan, currently holding the rotating presidency of the SCO, and strengthen cooperation with Tajikistan, so as to promote greater development of the Organization from a new starting point.
Emomali Rahmon extended New Year greetings to President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people, wishing the Chinese people a happy Spring Festival and new successes for China in the New Year. He said that under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping and with the hard work of the Chinese people, China has made brilliant and historic achievements in poverty alleviation, on which the Tajik side expresses warm congratulations. Tajikistan highly appreciates China's important contribution to the world's fight against the pandemic, and appreciates China for its invaluable support in Tajikistan's battle against the outbreak and efforts to boost the country's economic and social development. Tajikistan is willing to make joint efforts with China to continue to expand bilateral cooperation in politics, economy, trade, security, humanities and other fields in the spirit of good neighborliness and friendship, strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation and enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides, so as to promote new development in bilateral relations. Tajikistan looks forward to close communication with China and successful completion of its rotating presidency of the SCO, in a bid to ensure the success of the SCO summit.