|Wang Yi Meets with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin|
On September 10, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Moscow.
Wang Yi said, under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, bilateral relations have entered a new stage and have broad prospects for development. As a strategic partner of Tajikistan, the Chinese side strongly supports the Tajik side in following a development path that suits its national conditions, safeguarding its sovereignty and security, as well as developing and revitalizing its economy, and firmly opposes any interference in Tajikistan's internal affairs by any external force. On the international stage, our two countries should continue to support each other and safeguard our common interests.
Wang Yi stressed, after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, China and Tajikistan have fought against the coronavirus pandemic with solidarity to overcome the difficulties together, and made significant achievements respectively. On the premise of ensuring epidemic prevention and control, the two sides should steadily advance the smooth implementation of the projects under joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. Focusing on the post-pandemic era, the two countries should map out cooperation in key areas at an early date. The two sides should leverage the role of the joint prevention and control mechanism in the border areas, and enhance cargo handling capacity via border ports during the pandemic.
Sirojiddin Muhriddin said, the Tajik side speaks highly of the high level of mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation results between the two countries, thanks the Chinese side for its anti-virus assistance to Tajikistan, and appreciates the Chinese side for the willingness to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good. The Tajik side firmly supports the One China principle and opposes any force's attacks and smears of China under the guise of human rights. The Tajik side will continue to stand firmly with the Chinese side. It is important that the foreign ministers' meeting mechanism between five Central Asian countries and China has been launched. The Tajik side is willing to work with all parties to implement the outcomes of the first meeting, and push for the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and cooperation in all fields.