Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Tajik
President Emomali Rakhmonov prior to a tree planting ceremony marking the 5th
anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at a
hotel in western Shanghai, east China on June 14, 2006.
SHANGHAI, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao told Tajik
President Emomali Rakhmonov here Wednesday that China is ready to be
Tajikistan's good neighbor, good friend and good partner.
The two presidents met on the eve of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO) summit slated for Thursday.
Hu hailed China-Tajikistan relations, saying that bilateral cooperation in
economy, trade, transportation, telecommunication and business projects has
yielded new results over the past year and the two countries have maintained
coordination in regional and international affairs.
Hu expressed his appreciation of Tajikistan for the latter's support to
China on the issues of Taiwan and the fight against "East Turkistan" terrorist
He said China will also support Tajikistan's efforts in safeguarding
domestic stability and boosting national development.
"China is ready to join hands with Tajikistan to push bilateral ties
forward, China and Tajikistan will be good neighbors, good friends and good
partners forever," Hu said.
This year marks the 14th anniversary of the China-Tajikistan diplomatic
Rakhmonov said the relations between Tajikistan and China have developed
rapidly and the two are close neighbors, friends and reliable partners.
He said Tajikistan firmly abides by the one-China policy and supports
China's efforts to realize national reunification.
On the upcoming SCO summit, Hu said he believes the meeting will enhance
trust, consolidate unity and improve cooperation among SCO members, which
include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Hu emphasized anti-drug cooperation among SCO members, saying such
cooperation is of significant importance in maintaining stability in the region.
In 2004, the six SCO members singed an anti-drug cooperation agreement in
Rakhmonov said Tajikistan is ready to enhance cooperation with China in
fighting drug trafficking and the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism