Trade and economic ties between China
and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be further enriched through trade in
services, people-to-people exchanges and opportunities under the framework of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, officials and experts said.
"In addition to trade in energy, mining and agricultural
products, China and the two Central Asian neighbors have in recent years had
more opportunities to enlarge trade and investment in such fields as modern
services and agriculture, environmental protection and urbanization," said
Feng Yaoxiang, director of the investment promotion division of the China
Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
China-Kyrgyzstan trade grew in 2018 by 3 percent year-on-year to
$5.61 billion and China-Tajikistan trade by 9.78 percent year-on-year to $1.5
billion, the Ministry of Commerce said.
China ships mainly manufacturing equipment, steel, chemicals,
foodstuffs, electronics, textiles, garments and appliances to the two
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan's exports to China include ores,
petroleum and related products, concentrates, precious metals, honey, fruit,
nuts, medicinal plants, tobacco, bitumen, unprocessed animal fur, gems and
Yu Jianlong, secretary-general of the China Chamber of
International Commerce, said the ongoing urbanization and industrialization in
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will give rise to many opportunities for goods and
new business models such as e-commerce, economic zones, multimodal transport
and upgraded digital and financial services.
As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has entered a new stage
in its development, its member nations now have more strength to jointly tackle
global challenges and further develop markets in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa via the Belt and Road Initiative, Yu said.
"China and other SCO members are also exploring ways to
integrate the BRI with regional cooperation programs and national development
plans," he said, adding that they also support policies and activities
that help landlocked countries transform into land-linked ones, including by
strengthening connectivity and cooperation in transportation and
The Chinese government called on SCO economies in October to
enhance business activities in multilateral economic cooperation and trade,
production capacity and connectivity for future development and reduce the
risks caused by protectionism.
Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO
Studies, said that to sustain interconnected growth, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
need to achieve infrastructure connectivity, foster economic growth and improve
living standards through infrastructure investment.
Chen Yao, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences' Institute of Industrial Economics, said they should also make the
best use of financing platforms such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment
Bank to improve regional connectivity and industrial capacity cooperation.