China and Tajikistan are to strengthen cooperation in the economic, trade and several other fields, according to a joint statement issued here Wednesday.
Earlier, visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon held a meeting in which both agreed that economic and trade cooperation bears special significance for the all-round development of bilateral ties.
They agreed to intensify the work of the inter-governmental trade commissions, improve the investment environment and further optimize the structure of bilateral trade.
China and Tajikistan will also expand cooperation in transportation, telecommunications, mineral exploration and processing, as well as agriculture and infrastructure, based on principles of equality and mutual benefit, the statement said.
The two sides will tap cooperation potential in road transportation and transit transportation, providing each other with favored policies in road, railway and air transportation.
Measures will be taken to boost border trade so as to promote pragmatic cooperation in border areas, the statement said.
The two neighbors will also create favorable conditions for each other to carry out technical cooperation and business activities such as investment, and ensure the safety and rights of citizens from the other side.
In addition, China and Tajikistan will step up efforts to broaden cooperation in education, culture, science and technology, media, tourism, sports, health and social security.
Exchanges between universities, research institutions, youths groups and NGOs from the two sides will also be bolstered, the statement said.