“I warmly welcome all junior journalists here today and also thank Madam Wei for creating such a wonderful opportunity for you to come to the Tajikistan embassy in China. I am very pleased to meet all of you, the lovely junior journalists......” The Tajikistan Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Parviz Davlatzoda delivered a warm welcome speech to the Home and Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation in the morning of January 30th in the Tajikistan embassy.
Ambassador Davlatzoda first made a brief introduction about Tajikistan and the current exchange programs of young people between China and Tajikistan. He said that China and Tajikistan have a long history and have had many friendly exchanges since more than 2,000 years ago. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Tajikistan last year, we held a series of activities, and the exchange visits between heads of state of the two countries made us very close through many connections. We have always regarded China as our fraternal friend.
小记者问: “你好大使阁下，2017年9月1日，塔吉克斯坦总统埃莫马利•拉赫蒙访问清华大学，发表了题为“塔中合作新视野：扩大教育科学的合作”的主题演讲。拉赫蒙总统强调：’我们历来重视深化同中国在教育领域的合作，并将此视为两国关系的重要方向之一。’ 请问：2018年中塔两国在教育领域有哪些合作？如果我们选择到塔吉克斯坦留学，政府会给哪些支持？谢谢！”
A junior journalist asked: “Hello Ambassador! On September 1, 2017, Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon visited Tsinghua University and delivered a keynote speech entitled “Tajikistan-China: Implementing New Opportunities Toward Broader Cooperation on Science and Education”. President Rakhmon stressed: ‘We have always attached great importance to deepening our cooperation in education with China and positioned this as one of the important directions for the relations between our two countries.’ We would like to know that what are the major cooperation projects between China and Tajikistan in education in 2018? If we choose to study in Tajikistan, what support will the government provide to us? Thank you!”
Ambassador Davlatzoda said first of all thank you very much for your question. Last year, our president paid a state visit to China and delivered a speech to Tsinghua University. He was also awarded as “Honorary Professor” by Tsinghua University. Since last year, we have deliberately consolidated and deepened our cooperation in the field of education. Of course, we also greatly welcome Chinese students come to study in Tajikistan. However, before going to a country for study, it requires certain level of understanding about that country’s language. We are also actively trying to arrange some Tajik teachers to come to China to teach Tajik language here so that Chinese students can learn some Tajik language first. This will make it easier for them to study in Tajikistan later. The Tajik government will consider the cost of international student’s tuition fees. Coming to Tajikistan for study won’t be a huge financial pressure for you.
“Hello Ambassador! You graduated from the Russia Foreign Affairs University and served several positions including the Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan and Deputy Secretary of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. May 17th, 2016, you presented your credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping and became the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to China. We can see that you are an outstanding diplomat and experienced politician. How will you use your wisdom and efforts to promote the youth exchange and cooperation between China and Tajikistan? Thank you!” another junior journalist asked.
“Thank you for your question. Firstly, the ambassador must pledge to deepen the promotion and development of the relations between the two countries politically and economically. It can be done through the meetings between heads of state, ministers of the two countries as well as the representatives from all sectors, they can constantly push forward the cooperation development between the two countries.”
In the past 17 years, the heads of state of the two countries met three times. During the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in last June, in which the leaders of the two countries had another opportunity to meet again. In this October, we will organize a series of activities related to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tajikistan, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Tajikistan to meet with our president. To promote the relationship development between the two countries through various platforms and a series of meetings, this is the key work mandates for the ambassador to further stress on.
Another diplomatic task of Tajikistan is to implement "water diplomacy" with other countries so that we can provide safe and reliable water resources for the future generations.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello Ambassador! The Republic of Tajikistan is located near Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, and it is the only non-Turkic country among the five Central Asian countries. Could you please share with us the unique culture and tourism of Tajikistan? Thank you!”
“Tajikistan's culture is also very rich and colorful, and Tajikistan now has a total population about 8 million. There is Tajik ethnic group in China, and Tajik people also live in neighboring countries. As early as the 9th century, the Tajik nation established its own kingdom. Since then, the Tajik nation has been interacting with other nations in the world. We love Tajiks all over the world, and we hope that they will learn more about our country's culture. At the same time, the Tajik culture is born with constructive thinking, no matter where Tajik people go, they would constantly build and improve the living environment and exchange their experiences. We really work hard to improve people's standard of living so that future generations will enjoy a better life. Of course, this is just our expectation. The great future achievement must be built with the young people like you. We will continue to develop the China and Tajikistan’s friendship. I hope all of the junior journalists could learn more about each other's culture.”
At the end of the interview, the junior journalists delivered some amazing performances with their unique skills. It is also worth mentioning that the ambassador prepared various desserts for the junior journalists. We deeply felt the ambassador's affection for our junior journalists. As the young people, we hope we can contribute our own efforts to promote the friendly relations between China and Tajikistan.