China Pledges Military-Tech Aid Package To Tajikistan

China Promises Multimillion Military-Technological Aid Package To Tajikistan

DUSHANBE. March 31 (Interfax) – China is ready to render multimillion military-technological assistance to Tajikistan, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said on Monday.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, who met with the Chinese minister paying an official visit to Dushanbe, said that China was a good neighbor and a trusted friend of Tajikistan.

“China is satisfied with the level of bilateral cooperation in all spheres, including defense and military-technological sectors, and it guarantees further assistance in the strengthening of Tajikistan’s defense capacity. This is the question of hundreds of millions of dollars,” the press service quoted Chang as saying.

“China is a good neighbor, a trusted friend and a partner of Tajikistan and we are happy with the level of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, in particular, in the suppression of terrorism and extremism,” Rahmon said.

The sides discussed the security of neighboring Afghanistan and the reinforcement of the 800-kilometer Tajik-Chinese border and the 1,344-kilometer Tajik-Afghan border.

In January 2011 the Tajik parliament ratified the border delimitation and demarcation agreement with China, which handed over to China 1,100 square kilometers of lands disputed since the times of the Russian empire. Dushanbe welcomed the deal as successful because China gained only 3% of the disputed lands and the Tajik opposition accused the authorities of “handing out native Tajik lands.”

China ranks second, after Russia, amongst trade partners and investors of Tajikistan.

Chang will take part in a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Defense Ministers on April 1-3 in Kayrakkum, a city in northern Tajikistan.
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