The enduring cooperation between Tajikistan and China, particularly under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), stands as a testament to the power of mutual growth and understanding. Natalia Dorofeeva, the chief editor of Sogdiyskaya Pravda, a prominent newspaper in Tajikistan, highlighted the significance of this relationship in a recent interview.
This year is a landmark for the two countries, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the China-initiated BRI and the advent of a strategic alliance between Tajikistan and China. Over the years, the dynamics of their bilateral relationship have witnessed profound evolution, transitioning from a foundation based on neighborly rapport to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Dorofeeva illuminated the multifaceted nature of Tajikistan-China collaboration, spanning sectors like economy, trade, infrastructure, and agriculture. The fruits of this partnership have been evident in Tajikistan’s burgeoning economy, facilitated significantly by China. “China has played an instrumental role in addressing various social challenges in Tajikistan, including the revitalization of kindergartens and robust infrastructure development,” Dorofeeva expressed. These tangible benefits underscore Tajikistan’s fervent support for the BRI and its eagerness to nurture a global community characterized by shared goals and aspirations in collaboration with China.
However, Dorofeeva emphasized that the cultural and educational connections, as well as the rich tapestry of human interactions, remain central to this relationship. The Confucius Institutes, she mentioned, are exemplary in this regard. They have not only catalyzed the academic growth of Tajik youth but also served as a bridge for them to immerse themselves in China’s vibrant culture, ancient history, diverse arts, and profound philosophy. A resonance emerges when one considers the philosophical musings of Tajik poets and writers, who often echo themes found in age-old Chinese philosophies. Such explorations lead to a deeper mutual appreciation, as individuals discover shared values across diverse cultural landscapes.
Dorofeeva encapsulated the essence of this partnership by highlighting the warmth and genuineness of interpersonal bonds. “True understanding and enduring friendships are built on a foundation of mutual respect and appreciation. Such relationships, characterized by unconditionality, stand the test of time,” she opined.
Recently, as a part of a media delegation representing ten Belt and Road partners, Dorofeeva had the opportunity to experience China firsthand, touring cities like Beijing, Xi’an, Baoji, and Qingdao. Captivated by the charm of these cities and the graciousness of the Chinese people she encountered, she expressed her wish for increased cultural exchanges and fervently hoped for more Chinese tourists to discover the beauty of Tajikistan.
In her words, “The beauty of human connections lies in understanding, respect, and mutual appreciation. When hearts align in such harmony, it’s a bond that lasts a lifetime.”