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Basic facts about Tajikistan
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14:40, August 25, 2008

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The following is some basic information about Tajikistan. (Updated: 2006/04/23)

Geography: Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is nestled between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to the north and west, China to the east, and Afghanistan to the south. It covers an area of 143,100 square km.

Population: about 6.92 million, 67 percent of whom are Tajiks.

Capital: Dushanbe

Official language: Tajik

Natural resources: Its water resources rank eighth in the world with the Nurek hydroelectric being the biggest in Central Asia. Tajikistan's mineral resources include silver, gold, copper, uranium, and tungsten.

China - Tajikistan Bilateral Relations

( Last Update: 2003/10/12)

I. Review of the Bilateral Political Relations

On January 4 2002, President Jiang Zemin and Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan respectively exchanged cables of congratulation with their Tajikistan counterparts Emomali Rakhmonov and Nazarov on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Tajikistan diplomatic relations.

From January 21 to 23, 2002, the Chinese government delegation headed by State Councilor Simayi Aimait visited Tajikistan and met with Tajikistan President Rakhmonov, Prime Minister Akil Akilov, Speaker of the Upper House of the Parliament Ubaydullayev, and Speaker of the Low House oSadullo Khairulloyev. The delegation also attended activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between China and Tajikistan.

From April 16 to 19, 2002, Speaker of the Upper House of the Tajikistan Parliament Bbaydullayev visited China with a delegation and attended the third annual meeting of the Association of Asian

Parliaments for Peace (AAPP) held in China. Chairman Li Peng of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) met with the delegation.

From May 16 to 19, 2002, Tajikistan President Rakhmonov paid a working visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Jiang Zemin. During its visit, President Jiang Zemin, Chairman Li Peng of the Standing Committee of the NPC, and Premier Zhu Rongji respectively met and held talks with the delegation. During the visit, the two sides signed the Supplement to the Boundary Agreement between People's Republic of China and the Republic of Tajikistan, the Joint Declaration between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Tajikistan, the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Energy between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Repubic of Tajikistan. The Tajikistan delegation also paid a visit to Hong Kong and Xiamen and respectively met with Tung Chee-hwa, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), and Zhu Yayan, the major of Xiamen.

From May 26 to 28, 2002, Minister of Public Security Jia Chuwang led a delegation to visit Tajikistan and held talks with Minister of the Interior of Tajikistan Kholiddin Sharipov.

On June 7, 2002, President Jiang Zemin held talks with Tajikistan President Rakhmonov when he attended the Summit Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held in St Petershurg, Russia.

On July 8, 2002, the newly appointed Tajikistan ambassador to China Abdullahyev presented his credentials to President Jiang Zemin.

From August 12 to 14, 2002, Lieutenant General Zheng Shouzeng, Deputy Commander of Lanzhou Military Area Command, led a military delegation to visit Tajikistan.

On August 15, 2002, the CPC delegation headed by Deputy Head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Cai Wu visited Tajikistan.

On November 26, 2002, Tajikistan President Rakhmonov sent a letter of congratulation to Hu Jintao on his election as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

On March 15, 2003, Tajikistan President Rakhmonov sent messages of congratulation to President Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Central Committee of the CPC Jiang Zemin respectively on their election.

On March 18, 2003, Speaker of the Upper House of the Tajikistan Parliament Ubaydullayev sent a message of congratulation to Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on his election.

On March 19, 2003, Tajikistan President Rakhmonov paid a stop-over visit to Beijing on his way back when he attended the International Water Forum held in Japan. Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Central Committee of the CPC met with Rakhmonov. On the same day, Tajikistan Prime Minister Akilov sent a letter to Premier Wen Jiabao congratulating on his election.

On March 20, 2003, Tajikistan Foreign Minister Nazarov sent a message to Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing congratulating on his appointment.

On April 29, 2003, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held bilateral talks with Tajikistan Foreign Minister Nazarov during his attendance at the SCO Foreign Ministerial Meeting held in Almaty Kazakhstan.

On May 29, 2003, President Hu Jintao held bilateral talks with Tajikistan President Rakhmonov when he attended the Moscow Summit Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

II. Bilateral Economic and Trade Relations and Economic and Technological Cooperation

According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs of China, the trade volume between China and Tajikistani in 2002 came to US$12.39 million, up 15.2% than the previous year. Of the total, China's export was US$6.50 million, and import US$5.89 million.

III. Bilateral Exchanges and Cooperation in the Fields of Culture, Science and Technology and Education

On April 12, 2002, the first cultural ministerial meeting of the SCO members was held in Beijing. Tajikistan Minister of Culture Aolimov attended the meeting.

Source: www.fmprc.gov.cn





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