Li’s visit to Ta­jik­istan to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion

Premier on first leg of 9-day tour in­clud­ing Nether­lands, Bel­gium

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Premier Li Ke­qiang ar­rived in Dushanbe, Ta­jik­istan, kick­ing off his first of­fi­cial visit to the na­tion in his cur­rent po­si­tion on Thurs­day.

He also will at­tend the 17th meet­ing of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Heads of Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil dur­ing his four-day visit.

Li, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Cheng Hong, was re­ceived with a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony in Ta­jik­istan.

Po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust has been deep­ened and co­op­er­a­tion up­graded to a new level since the two coun­tries agreed on a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship in 2017, Li said. He said he ex­pects to ex­change views with Ta­jik lead­ers on deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and boost­ing prag­matic re­la­tions in a num­ber of ar­eas to cre­ate more ben­e­fit to peo­ple of both coun­tries.

Li will meet with Ta­jik­istan Pres­i­dent Emo­mali Rah­mon. He also will meet for talks with his Ta­jik coun­ter­part and the two lead­ers will wit­ness the launch­ing of sev­eral co­op­er­a­tive projects and the sign­ing of a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments.

With po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust as the cor­ner­stone of China-Ta­jik re­la­tions, the two coun­tries have long firmly sup­ported each other in is­sues con­cern­ing their re­spec­tive core in­ter­ests, Li said in a signed ar­ti­cle pub­lished in a Ta­jik news­pa­per on Wednesday.

Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Ta­jik­istan has achieved fruit­ful out­comes in re­cent years in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas, Li wrote in the ar­ti­cle. Both China and Ta­jik­istan are faced with key tasks of eco­nomic growth and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives, he wrote.

The ar­ti­cle said China is will­ing to align the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with Ta­jik­istan and to achieve shared growth and fur­ther pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, in­fras­truc­ture and con­nec­tiv­ity.

China is one of Ta­jik­istan’s most im­por­tant trad­ing part­ners, and in the first seven months of the year, trade turnover be­tween the two coun­tries achieved dou­ble-digit growth, Li wrote. Dur­ing Li’s visit, the two na­tions are set to fur­ther strengthen trade, as well as cus­toms ser­vices and lo­cal co­op­er­a­tion.

Li said the in­ter­na­tional arena is un­der­go­ing fast devel­op­ment and tremen­dous changes, and the SCO is play­ing an in­creas­ing prom­i­nent role in main­tain­ing sta­bil­ity, boost­ing eco­nomic growth and im­prov­ing liveli­hoods.

The premier said China is will­ing to im­ple­ment the out­comes of the 18th SCO sum­mit in Qing­dao as well as ex­chang­ing views with other coun­tries to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion.

Ta­jik­istan is the first stop of Li’s nine-day trip abroad, which will also take him to the Nether­lands and Bel­gium.

HUANG JINGWEN / XINHUA

Premier Li Ke­qiang and wife, Cheng Hong, are greeted by Ta­jik Prime Min­is­ter Kokhir Ra­sul­zoda on Thurs­day in Dushanbe for an of­fi­cial visit to Ta­jik­istan. Li will also at­tend the 17th meet­ing of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Heads of Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil.

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