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Only Tajik-Chinese Border Crossing Reopens

The Kulma border crossing
The Kulma border crossing
KHORUGH, Tajikistan -- The only border crossing between Tajikistan and China has reopened for the spring, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Mirafzun Mirafzunov, chief of the custom's service in Tajikistan's mountainous Kohistan-Badakhshan Province, told RFE/RL that the Kulma border post was reopened on May 5 but that deep snow on roads in the Murghob and Shughnon districts will prevent Chinese traders from transporting goods into Tajikistan.

On the eve of the Summer Olympic Games last year, China closed Kulma and all Tajik merchants had to go to the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, and fly to China in order to conduct business.

The Kulma border post was established in 2004 and is usually open from spring until the end of autumn.

Provincial customs officials say that last year Tajik businesses imported $7.5 million worth of goods from China, including some 5,000 Chinese-made cars.