Un­der the frame­work of the SCO, in which fields should co­op­er­a­tion be­tween mem­ber states be fur­ther strength­ened?

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

All four ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion un­der the SCO are vi­tal and in­ter­con­nected. The first and fore­most area of im­por­tance, how­ever, is se­cu­rity.

We should also keep in mind that poverty breeds vi­o­lence whereas de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity pro­mote peace and har­mony. Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness have proven an ef­fec­tive tool in ad­dress­ing se­cu­rity threats.

In or­der to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of our peo­ple, there is a dire need to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in the eco­nomic field. SCO mem­ber states need to pro­mote re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity ini­tia­tives such as the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. There should be con­certed ef­forts for the estab­lish­ment of a fair and ra­tio­nal in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic or­der up­hold­ing the goals and prin­ci­ples of the UN Char­ter.

Peo­ple- to- peo­ple co­op­er­a­tion is an­other area where sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for co­op­er­a­tion ex­ists. Pro­mot­ing in­tra- SCO tourism will help the peo­ples of the re­gion un­der­stand each other bet­ter and cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A con­tainer ves­sel docks at the Gwadar Port in Pak­istan on March 28. As one of the key projects un­der the frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, the port plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing Pak­istan’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

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