Po­lit­i­cal party di­a­logue fa­cil­i­tates the ex­changes nec­es­sary for a co­op­er­a­tive world By Deng Yaqing

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

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.

Learn­ing to­gether

“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

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