20:42 GMT21 June 2021
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon expressed confidence on Thursday that trade between their countries would reach $3 billion by 2020, Rahmon's press office said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Xi and Rahmon arrived in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to participate in the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    "Trade between the states reached over $200 million in the first three months of 2016. Besides that, [the sides] expressed confidence that joint efforts could increase this amount to $3 billion by 2020," the statement reads.

    Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Tashkent
    © Sputnik / Vladimir Rodionov
    The presidents also discussed the issues of infrastructure, energy, security and agricultural exports.

    The SCO is a political, economic and military alliance that includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan are expected to sign preliminary SCO membership memorandums at the Tashkent summit, which is due to last through Friday, and become full-fledged members at the 2017 SCO summit in Kazakhstan.

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