Tajikistan and China: 25 years of diplomatic relations

On 4 January 2017, in Beijing, an SCO Secretariat delegation led by SCO Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Wang Kaiwen, attended an academic conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and China.

The conference, organised by the Embassy of Tajikistan in China and the Institute of Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was attended by high representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese authorities, the ambassadors of member states, observer states and SCO dialogue partners, former Chinese ambassadors to Tajikistan, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Beijing and Chinese academics.

China's Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai spoke at the event.

Addressing the conference participants, Wang Kaiwen said: "Today, after a quarter-century of independence of the Republic of Tajikistan, we can say with full confidence that the country has successfully met its challenging goals under the guidance of the nation's leader, the founder of Peace and National Accord Emomali Rahmon, and has created a solid foundation as a modern sovereign state, enjoying well-deserved respect and authority on the international stage."

He also pointed out that "China has been treated as a foreign policy priority since the early days of Tajikistan's independence. Exactly 25 years ago, the governments of the two countries, Tajikistan and China, made the historic decision to develop relations of friendship and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, as well as peaceful coexistence."

According to Wang Kaiwen, "the current model of Tajik-Chinese interstate relations, which has gone through a substantial evolution over the past quarter-century, has now reached the level of strategic partnership."

"To date, we have formed a fundamental legal framework for the relations between the two countries, which comprises interstate, intergovernmental, interdepartmental and other documents. A good example of bilateral cooperation is the dynamic development of political, economic and cultural ties that grow with every year, become filled with new content and open up new horizons for wider cooperation," he said.

He praised Tajikistan and China's contribution to the establishment and development of the SCO. "There is no doubt that the broad cooperation experience in the framework of our Organisation gained by the Member States will make a significant contribution to the further strengthening of good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation between the countries that belong to the ‘family of the SCO,' as well as to peace, stability and sustainable development in the region and the world," he added.

The participants noted the high level of multidimensional strategic partnership between the Republic of Tajikistan and the People's Republic of China, and the prospects for the further development of mutually beneficial cooperation within the UN and the SCO.

On 4 January 1992, Dushanbe hosted the ceremony of signing of the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the People's Republic of China.