Political party dialogue facilitates the exchanges necessary for a cooperative world By Deng Yaqing
With the aim of further promoting regional peace and development, the First Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Political Parties Forum was held in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on May 26, marking the establishment of a brand new mechanism.
Under the theme of Pooling Wisdom of Political Parties, Promoting the Shanghai Spirit and Building a Global Community with a Shared Future, the forum was hosted by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and attended by around 200 representatives from more than 30 political parties in 18 SCO member states, observers and dialogue partners.
“As the forerunners and guides of national development, political parties play a leading role in building a global community with a shared future and making the world a better place. Promoting exchanges between SCO political parties is sure to boost its future development,” said Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.
According to Song, the CPC is willing to make every effort to advance the construction of an SCO community with a shared future featuring equality, mutual support and solidarity together with other SCO members.
“As a regional organization whose member states account for approximately half of the world’s population, the SCO has become a model for peaceful development and cultural exchange,” said Sergey Zheleznyak, deputy secretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party, during the forum.
“Political parties are the most active forces in political life. When we get together under the framework of the SCO for dialogue, we can exchange our experience of managing parties and nations, which could open a new chapter in SCO cooperation,” Zheleznyak said.
“The forum is productive and pragmatic, and under the framework of SCO cooperation, it is necessary for all political parties to conduct exchanges and promote partnerships in security, economic and cultural development, education, and tourism,” said Nariman Umarov, President of the Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan.
Anirban Ganguly, special representative of the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party of India, noted that the successful conclusion of the forum signifies the efficient partnerships among member countries under the SCO framework, and that endeavors should be made to further exchange experience of governance and promote mutual learning
“It is the shared desire of all attendees to learn from each other’s experience of governance at the party and national level, and bilateral and multilateral relations will inevitably benefit from the sharing of ideas on development and party construction and
An aerial view of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, an important cooperation project between China and the Maldives under the Belt and Road Initiative