China invested $3.8 bln in Tajikistan over past 10 years

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President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon referred to China as one of the country's largest partners in trade, economy, and investment sectors during a meeting on May 18 in Dushanbe. He announced that the total volume of Chinese investments in Tajikistan's economy over the past ten years amounted to $3.8 billion.

Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, visited Tajikistan as part of his tour across Central Asia to discuss cooperation matters and prepare for the upcoming visit of China's President Xi Jinping to countries in this region. The date of the visit has not been disclosed.

The press service of the President of Tajikistan reported that Emomali Rahmon and Wang Yi discussed the current state of cooperation between the two countries as well as relevant regional and international issues.

During the talks regarding regional security, Minister Wang Yi stated that China supports Tajikistan's initiative to establish a Shanghai Cooperation Organization Anti-Narcotics Center in Dushanbe.

"We also support the establishment of an anti-narcotics center of the SCO in the city of Dushanbe. We have agreed to support security and stability in the region, deepen anti-terrorism cooperation, and strengthen border control for the security of both countries. These are the common responsibilities and interests of both sides," said the Chinese Foreign Minister.

Expressing satisfaction with the growing trend of friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the countries, President Rahmon stated that Tajikistan advocates for the continuation of strengthening and expanding such traditions that correspond to the fundamental interests of the two nations.

Expansion of ties in industries, particularly in mining, transportation, energy, and agriculture, was discussed, among other things.

The Tajik side also expressed interest in enhancing cooperation with China in implementing joint projects related to "green" and "digital" economies, artificial intelligence, and establishing production facilities in Tajikistan using "green technologies."

The importance of continuing mutual support for each other's global initiatives was also emphasized.

At present, many major projects in Tajikistan, ranging from the construction and reconstruction of roads, bridges, and tunnels to the extraction and processing of mineral resources, are being carried out with China's support.

May 20, 2024